Our lives have become too neat.
Remember those days years ago – you were just a little kid then. You and a friend decided life in your part of the ‘hood’ was just a little too dull, so became ‘explorers’ and set out to find new and exciting discoveries. You cut your way through the unexplored areas beyond your back yard, and ventured forward to find the treasure – whatever that was. You didn’t know. You didn’t care. It was all about the experience. And today, it’s all about the memory.
You met strangers in the jungle – kids that went to schools outside your county. But you weren’t afraid, because you had your buddy with you who could validate the experience or protect you against harmful enemies. Rather quickly you learned kids are kids wherever you go. Sure there are some bad notes: Straight out of the movie The Christmas Story you may find a Skut Farkus who taunts you mercilessly. But they are rare finds. And you suddenly realize, your fears of people like that are way bigger than reality. (BTW, this fact helps you later on in life.) Fear not the Farkuses of the world!
Remember those days? That little kid still lives inside you. Even though he or she is all grown up now, you may still have that kid in you still. Don’t you think it’s time you share your grownup kid with that little kid?
Seek the treasure. Whether it is a walk through the deep woods with your family, tromping through the rough spots, jumping a creek, finding a hiking stick or simply talking about life, moments like these are vital to your health!
And at the end of the day, as you sit together over a cup of cocoa picking burrs out of your jeans, you can talk to each other, about your experiences. Fill your 2017 with good old fashioned AWE – Adventure With Engagement. It’s free for all Americans. So wander with your family. Seek the treasure.
Happiest New Year!