Fitness, Lifestyle, Wellness

Appreciate the Adventure

man on mountain

I recently watched a documentary about the founders of a popular outdoor sportswear company where one of the founders noted, “when everything goes wrong, that’s when adventure starts.” I heard this at the perfect time – during a vacation to visit family in the Pacific Northwest where things didn’t go quite as planned. Prior to my trip, I had hoped to hike and enjoy the scenery and outdoors as much as possible. Unfortunately, record-breaking heat coupled with smoke from nearby forest fires put a stop to our planned hikes and hid all of the mountains in a blanket of haze. To seek relief from the heat, my aunt and I decided to take inner tubes to a nearby river and enjoy a leisurely float. Everything was going smoothly…until we hit a series of small rapids. I managed to flip my tube, flounder in the rapids and skin my knees. My aunt’s float was also cut short when she accidentally knocked heads with a fellow floater while trying to avoid a rock. With a bruised head, deflated tubes and my favorite sunglasses at the bottom of the Deschutes River, all we could do was shrug it off and laugh. After all, we were both okay and now had a fun story to share.

selfie on a walking trail

Along your journey to a healthier life, you’ll find that things don’t always go as planned. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in expectations of how we think things should be, that we forget to appreciate the journey and all that we have. My trip may not have gone perfectly, but I had a week filled with memories, adventures, love and plenty of laughs. I even managed to sneak in one hike.

There will always be things beyond our control, but it’s important to focus on what we can control, make the best of the situation and appreciate the adventure, no matter how rocky it can sometimes be.

8 thoughts on “Appreciate the Adventure

  1. What a wonderfully fun story, so happy you and your aunt didn’t let it bring you down. After all you could have drowned….:)

  2. Thanks, Maggie! Just what I needed in a very different situation–family difficulties. I will focus on what I can control, make the best of the situation, and appreciate the adventure, no matter how rocky!

  3. Fourteen seniors embarked on a float trip adventure in Missouri. The Park Service opened the river after weeks of heavy rain. Trees were down and they caused us to lose two canoes, shoes, clothes, jewelry, etc.. My husband lost his life jacket and two of us nearly lost our lives. There was no cell phone service so we had to walk several miles along the river.. However, the next morning we were delighted to be together, to give thanks and to share a meal. We bonded and will never forget “The Trip.”

    1. Wow! That definitely sounds like quite “The Trip”! So glad to hear you’re okay and thank you for sharing.

  4. Wonderful lesson – real life for real people – focus on what we can control and not on trying to control other people, the weather, or those perfect vacay plans

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