Waiting on Adventure

..is like watching paint dry, or waiting on water to boil or grass to grow.

Wow, I think this could be a great category for $25,000 Pyramid.

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It seems like Monday morning arrives quickly enough and the date for your root canal spontaneously appears on your “today” calendar, but adventure seems to take a lifetime to arrive. The anticipation makes the waiting interminable.


I mean, think about planning for your dream trip. You plan it, set the date and then you wait and wait and wait for the day to arrive. It’s like the batteries in your bedside clock are in their death throes, barely able to put out enough energy to move the minute hand as you watch.

 Where did this come from today?


I’m waiting on adventure at the moment.

I have the next six months of travel and adventure planned and it’s going to start soon…but not soon enough. Some of my plans are dependent on other people so I wait for their decisions. Our travel plans all link together. Flights and trains and packing are all interdependent. I don’t know when to plan our flights for Peru in October because I’m not sure if I’m flying or driving to Chicago next week (or perhaps it’s the week after). Seriously, all of it depends on the other. I can’t get started on any of it.

it’s quite frustrating.

But here’s the thing:

I can’t wait! I’m so excited for the next six months I simply can’t sit still and wait. And if I can’t sit still and wait, how on EARTH am I going to watch grass grow or watch paint dry…..

And in fact, I’ve even been on a website this morning dreaming about an adventure I hope to do in October of 2014!

Been there?

So now, I just need to slap myself. It’s May, it’s gorgeous out and Montana is exploding with Spring. There is SO much local adventure out my doorstep that I’m a moron for not just immersing myself in it. I’m too busy fretting over the next six months.

Can you relate? I want to be sure I’m not totally out of my mind and alone in this…misery loves company remember?

I read a quote from Lao Tzu the other day. It said:

If you are depressed you are living in the past.

If you are anxious you are living in the future.

If you are at peace you are living in the present.

Hmmm, at the moment, that makes perfect sense….I’m seeing “anxious” here and I need to see “peace”.

Sharkman is deeply involved in a project at the moment and I’m just waiting to move forward with mine. I’m wandering, waiting, and whining. I can’t seem to organize anything else until I get this other planning complete.

What I need is a huge kick in the ass out the door.

 Local Adventure

I need more local adventure. Do you do enough “local” adventure? I mean, there is cool stuff to do practically everywhere! Do you take advantage of it? Or do you spend your spare time immersed in the details, the gravel of life or do you seize opportunity to try new things where you live? Meet new people? See what the tourists see?

Local Attractions...do you participate?

Local Attractions…do you participate?

Everyone laughs and says that you are never a tourist in your own town, that until you have guests arrive you never do the things that tourists do. If you live in Chicago have you been up in the Sear’s tower? Seattle. Pike’s Place? St. Louis. The Arch? If you live in North Dakota have you ridden the IMBA Epic Mountain bike trails right in your state?

All of this just had me thinking. There are so many roads I haven’t driven, so many mountains right here in my valley I haven’t climbed and here I sit waiting on email…

Wow, that’s pretty dumb.

I don’t want to ever watch grass grow, water boil, paint dry or wait on adventure. I think the answer here is to go out and have an adventure while waiting on adventure.

Yeah, that’s the ticket…adventure on top of adventure….

That has a ring to it, an excitement. It feels good.

In fact, here’s an idea

Write down a list of 10 things that are totally cool and adventurous to do within 25 miles of where you live. Put them on a schedule to do this summer. Then DO THEM. Afterall, you must have moved there for a reason. I’m going to go do the same. In fact, I’ll post my list later for anyone who lives near me.


I wish you adventure while waiting on adventure…

I’ll see you out there!



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