This weekend was really low key. We had plans to go out and celebrate David’s birthday (which is tomorrow), but he had a pretty rotten cold, so we cancelled. Instead we hit up the playground with Hailey, rented a movie, ate pizza and watched way too many youtube videos on sailing.
That’s our dream. To sail. To take our family on a whirlwind adventure. The exploration, the together time, the memories that we’d no doubt look back on in old age and relive them with a smile. What an experience!
It’s easy to get caught up in what the future may hold. Our dreams are big and maybe even possible, but we can’t live for those dreams. I don’t want to wish today away to get to tomorrow. I’ve had to work on that because I’ve always been ready for the next step. Senior year of high school was fun, but I was so ready for college. Senior year in college? I couldn’t wait to be in the real world. (Silly girl!). After dating for a while I was so ready to be engaged that couldn’t focus on the fun we were having just dating!
This is all to say that it took me a while to learn to savor the current moment.
But I’m learning. I’m learning that to get the best out of life, you have to live the adventure you’re in.
And, finally, I am.
My adventure I’m in today may not include far off destinations, exotic foods and language barriers, but it is still an adventure. It includes unstoppable belly laughs over something as simple as a book light. It includes snuggling by the fire. It includes exploring our current home, North Carolina.
I love that I’ve gotten better at living in the moment; at appreciating what is around me. I’ve learned to take joy in playing.
I’ve learned to laugh at myself when I fail.
I feel lucky to have found someone to go through life with, who has an adventurous and playful spirit, too. Or maybe we’re both just plain silly.
At least we get each other.
So though no books may be written about my current adventure, I’m enjoying every minute. Maybe one day we’ll take the road less traveled, but for today, seeing Hailey demand to hike and then actually keep up is all the surprise that I need.
And who knows. Maybe one day we’ll look back and realize that these wonderful, low key weekends while raising Hailey were the greatest adventure of all.
Have you ever been so excited for the next step of life that you forget to enjoy where you are?