BY ALEXIS JONES
Several days ago, I decided that I was in need of an adventure. One of my dearest friends had just returned from Bora Bora. He made the trip with his wife because despite her young age, she had been diagnosed with cancer. Numerous chemo sessions and a massive surgery was all it took to rid her of the internal beast threatening her life. “It’s not every day your wife beats cancer,” he explained. “So we booked the trip we always talked about doing, but never have.” Something about his carefree appreciation for the fragility and preciousness of life shook my soul.
So, I logged onto a travel site and booked a flight to a place I have always wanted to go, the Holy Land. It’s as though I bought the ticket without thinking it through because if I took the time to really think about it, I’d have come up with 10,000 reasons why it didn’t make sense. A stranger on the plane said to me, “So let me get this straight; you booked a flight two days ago to go backpacking solo and don’t know where you’re staying, but you’re ‘chasing an adventure?!’”
That’s when it dawned on me that most of us live as though we are entitled to this lifetime. We live as if one day, someday, that thing we’ve always wanted will happen and for many that thing never comes. So my question to you is, what are you waiting for? What scares you to death and shoves you violently out of your comfort zone? Because despite what we think, we are not entitled to this lifetime.
I may be crazy and my life may never make sense to anyone but me, but I’m OK with that. I will forever be the girl who hops on a flight to a far-off country to chase down an adventure that previously only lived in my dreams. Sometimes what you want isn’t logical, there are a million reasons why it won’t ever happen and it borders on impossible. But then again, there are also moments of magic when you say to hell with all of those reasons and do it anyway.
May we all have the courage to chase down our dreams, pursue our own adventures and inspire that same insanity in someone else. My advice to you is to just do it. Stop putting it off and muster up the guts to really live the life you want, not the one you have. Magic is everywhere and it’s just waiting for us to call upon it.
There will be more tales to come from the Holy Land, so look for @missalexisjones on Twitter and follow along on my grand adventure.
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