What is an Adventure?

You know, I’ve been writing the series about my weekend adventure.  Last night, as I was contemplating how I would end the story with one day left to go, Warren Zevon popped into my head.

Excitable Girl, they all said, excitable girl.

It’s true.  I’m easily excited.  I love taking in life.  When I went to Manavgat and Side, I took hundreds and hundreds of photos and wrote at least 5 posts about it.  It was the same when I visited Gümüşlük.  I had so much to share having spent two weeks there, in Yalikavak, Turgutreis, Bodrum, Ephesus, and Kuşadası.

Yesterday, I met with my weekly English conversation group and shared with the ladies my excitement over my recent trip – especially how I overcame fears by paragliding and kayaking.  I then asked them to share their greatest adventures.

The first woman told a story of getting lost while snorkeling at sea.  She was so vibrant as she told it, getting out of her chair to demonstrate how she was swimming and following the walls of a buried city.

The second woman said she would never do anything that could possibly cause her harm.  So we started to talk about the definition of “adventure.”  I pushed her a little knowing that as a child of a diplomat, she had lived her earlier years in many other countries.

She proceeded to tell a story from many years ago.  She was 16 and living in Prague.  It was 1968 and the Warsaw Pact Armies invaded Czechoslovakia.  Tanks were rolling across the city.  Her family was escorted across the border to safety.  She said she will always remember the young Czech girls waving to her with flowers, begging that she never forget them.

The third woman also needed a little nudging.  She told a story of her first pregnancy at 24.  She was a week away from delivery and found herself stranded between 2 gardens, threatened by wild dogs.  Bravely, she jumped onto a wall between the gardens to make an escape.  Walking across it, she lost her balance and fell to the ground.

Adventure.  What is it?  In this short discussion, we discovered that adventure is not always a good thing.  It does not always give one pleasure.

1. An undertaking or enterprise of a hazardous nature.
2. An undertaking of a questionable nature, especially one involving intervention in another state’s affairs.
3. An unusual or exciting experience: an adventure in dining.
4. Participation in hazardous or exciting experiences
Let me show you what other bloggers in Turkey are sharing.  Their lives are full of adventure:
1- Alan at Archers of Okçular recently shared this adventure from his wife’s garden.
2- Jules recently shared this romantic getaway.  It was actually a big adventure for her as she was back in Turkey for only a brief visit following the death of her father.
3- As a chef, Joy finds her own adventures in the Turkish culinary world.
4- Natalie has practically made it her job to travel Turkey and write about it.
There are many more stories here (and links to them in my blogroll) The point is, adventure is in the eye of the beholder.  We often look to others for inspiration.  Sometimes we are jealous of what others have accomplished.  We overlook the excitement, the adversity, and the pure adventure we experience in our own lives.
Inspiration is all around us.  If we take some time to think about it, we realize that life is an adventure.  Sit back, and enjoy the ride.

4 thoughts on “What is an Adventure?

  1. Eye of the beholder indeed! Let’s not forget about Virtual Adventure, which bloggers do on a regular basis. Sometimes it’s as simple as sharing a thought close to our heart, and other times it’s reaching out to a fellow blogger to collaborate — not knowing where it’ll lead. Adventure is all around us – and can be pocket sized or immense.

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