THE QUIET QUEST
Never lose the thrill of life’s adventures – even when making the minutest of decisions.
So there I was, 400 ft above the sea, carried aloft by a parachute, tethered to and towed by a speedboat – certainly one of the, ahem, high points in my life. You might think it was a moment of exhilarating terror. Au contraire, it was 15 minutes of exquisite peace – the sort that satiates any introvert’s predilection for adventure of the more tranquil variety. I like adventure. I think it is imperative that one never loses a sense of it, no matter what one’s definition of “adventure” may be – be it a love for travel, extreme sports, or new gastronomic experiences; living vicariously through murder-mystery thrillers and fantasy novels (as I do); indulging in the cheap thrill of flirting with a colleague; parting ways with the comfort of full-time employment to explore the uncharted territory of freelancing; or making a vow to be someone’s companion for life.
It’s a frightening thing, standing on the edge of a precipice. Maria in The Sound of Music sings, as she makes her way to the Von Trapp mansion, “I’ve always longed for adventure, to do the things I’ve never dared. Now, here I’m facing adventure, then why am I so scared?” Indeed, it is the ability to disregard that fear and take the plunge that separates the adventurous from the rest.
Adventure isn’t always about grandiose lifestyle pursuits. It lies in the uncertainty of the outcome of the decisions one makes every day, no matter how certain one is at the point of making them. It’s about one’s willingness to embark on little personal journeys (without making a big show of it), not knowing the denouement, yet embracing everything that comes along wholeheartedly.
So I urge you – go ahead, do it: book that flight to Svalbard, try another flavour other than chocolate, swipe right on Tinder, hand in your resignation letter, accept that job offer, chop your hair off, ask that guy out, add that Petite Malle to cart, sign up for that Body Attack class, forgo married life to take care of your elderly folks, say “yes” with a passion, say “no” with a vengeance, and never, ever regret finally doing that thing you never dared.