An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
My dearest Shosh and Jaialai:
Remember when Jaialai used to say, “Dad, let’s go somewhere we’ve never been before.” I loved that! I miss that.
Boys, have a sense of adventure. It will make life a lot more interesting.
Life is a journey, not a destination. Have a sense of adventure, and enjoy the .
Whether you plan on it or not, life will find ways to give you adventures. So why not embrace life and all the adventures she offers. Enjoy the ride … or at least make the most of it.
For example, one of my best days backpacking Europe was when, after a long night, I got off the train early the next at the wrong station and found myself in a small town in the middle of nowhere. The next train wasn’t scheduled to arrive for hours, so I ended wandering through the village and surrounding countryside. I had an amazing time. On another occasion, I got lost in the maze that is Tokyo, and ended up coming across a dojo where kids were practicing kendo. I whiled away the afternoon mesmerized by this unfamiliar dance/martial art. (I tried, but never found my way back to that dojo.) Look at what is now happening to us? I couldn’t have guessed it in a million years! Could you? (Not all adventures are positive, but each gives us a chance to test our mettle, and grow in character.)
So don’t be a sourpuss. Don’t be a cynic. No one likes negativity, negative energy, or a negative person. In fact, a recent study found that less cynical people earn more money and live longer than their counterparts. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201506/cynical-attitude-could-cost-you.
By the way, just to be clear, when I say “have a sense of adventure,” I DO NOT mean do stupid and senseless things that many idiots do on YouTube or that could get you in trouble with the law. What I mean is try new activities, eat new foods, read new and different books, meet new peoples, explore your world, and expand your horizons. That is what I want you. And, that, is what I wish to God I could be there to help you learn.
All my love, always,