Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Adventures and Misadventures of What?

Pin It So, Teachinfourth…the name of your blog is “Adventures & Misadventures of Daily Living” yet you don’t post every day. Why is that? Can it really be daily adventures if you don’t blog about these experiences?

Ah, quite the astute observation my friend.

Whist I admit that I don’t blog every day, I am trying to do something a little bit different…every day I am trying to live my life. There are adventures to be had and I can’t recall how many of these I have let pass me up; usually because of something which seemed so pressing, or because of my very innate nature which causes me to hold back at times.

When I was walking up to my place of work a day or four ago, I caught my eye in the glass entry doors. I gazed back at the young man standing before me, laden down with his laptop, camera case, and a bag full of school books. I stood there for very nearly a minute…it was as if I could see beyond my reflection…into something much deeper.

As I looked back into the eyes of my unmoving reflection, I was taken with this thought, “You only have one life, and you’re only young once. You need to be living that life for all it’s worth.”

I won’t say that it was a voice which spoke, because it wasn’t…however, it was something which struck me with a harsh realization, like a gust of icy-cold wind in the middle of August. That realization was that I have not always been living the adventure known as life.

Maybe these thoughts were the result of my witnessing some of the terrible things to people around me, or maybe it was because of the feeling of my own mortality, but regardless of the reason, it hit me all the same.

You, like me, only have one life…are you living yours?

10 comments:

Gerb said...

I have been having the same thoughts lately. I hope you can find a way to really live the life you'd like to be living. (Try saying that 4 times fast!)

Farscaper said...

That's the reason I don't always post on my blog. Life either becomes too busy or just too fun and interesting. I wish it was always fun and interesting but it's not. Sometimes we have to change poopy diapers.

I'm not always doing my best... sometimes I need reminders. Thanks.

cari said...

The happenings over this past week have really opened my eyes. I've been thinking along these lines too. Except for me the voice is saying, "You only have one life, and you're only middle-aged once..." :)

annette said...

Food for thought.

BTW, I like the word "astute". Cool word.

Meg said...

Amen, brotha.

I don't really think life is a BIG adventure. Its more of the day to day grind but whats wrong with that?

grinNberrett said...

why didn't you help me with my books when you saw me standing there? :)

You entry reminds of the song

"Life is a Highway"

http://www.escapademusic.com/music/Life%20Is%20a%20Highway-Rascal%20Flatts.mp3

grinNberrett said...

opps. try this URL if you want to listen to the song.

http://tinyurl.com/highwayZ

Bee said...

This must be the message God is speaking to everyone lately. I know it's deep on my mind and heart.

jacs said...

my biggest problem is living my life to the detriment of all else. i have NO problem bailing out on the boring grind! it's focusing on the stuff that has to be done that i have a (little) problem with. maybe we could split half and half and come out even?! you know..soarin' flyin'..
(that was haha funny! don't deny you laughed.)

Teachinfourth said...

Gerb - I did...I was great until the fourth time. Curses!

FS - LOL.

Cari - What's that old expression? You're only as young as you feel? Or maybe it's 'You're only as old as you act."

Whatever...

Nettle - Next time you're hungry, you know where to come.

Meg - I add a second 'amen' to yours, sista!

G&B - Makes me want to get into my car and cruise Route 66...

Bee - Great minds think alike.

Jacs - I'm not denying it...I laughed. Of course, I then broke into the chorus with a soft-shoe number to boot...

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