Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Life

This may be a little different than anything else on this blog. I recently had my 24th birthday. For my birthday, I received two wall hangings with quotes printed on them. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I LOVE quotes. The wall hangings I received say, "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain," and "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take your breath away." I can't think of a better way to sum up my life and the lives of those who share my passion for life. This blog is all about extreme adventures of an extreme adventurer, and we often think that adventures consist of climbing a mountain, visiting another country, or doing something that makes your heart pound and takes your breath away. In a way, these experiences could be part of an adventure, but life is one, grand adventure.

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take your breath away." Often times I feel like there is so much I've got to do, and so much that I've got to get done. I sometimes forget to stop and allow myself to be taken by the moment. There is a special spot that I go to when I need my breath to be taken away. It is a beautiful place on the side of the mountain that allows me to look out over many cities. I love that place! It's breathtakingly beautiful and completely peaceful. When I can't "escape" to this place, I look for other moments to take my breath away: a child's smile or giggle, a beautiful sunrise or sunset, the sound of rain pounding my roof, or laughing with family or friends. These are all great moments that make the adventure of life worth living. Without allowing yourself the moments to take your breath away, what else is there?

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." First of all, dancing in the rain is one of my most favorite things to do. There is just something about the cleansing power of rain that is so refreshing. The world always looks better after a rain storm. The grass is greener, flowers stand a little taller, the sky is a bluer, and birds chirp a little louder after a rain storm. Like the world's renewal after a rain storm, life always gets better after a storm. When in the middle of trials and deepest despair, people often wonder, "When will this pass? When will life get better?" I've often wondered this myself. I've wondered, "Why when I try so hard, does things always go so wrong?" This can be easily answered with another one of my favorite quotes: "Sometimes God calms the storm. Other times He lets the storm rage, and He comforts His child." During the rough times of life I find that if I "dance" through it by praying, keeping a cheerful attitude, helping others, going on an adventure, or reading a great book I can make it through anything.