Urgency Drives the Day
Sitting in camp eating fresh pineapple while enjoying the weather and the birds, I looked over stunned to see our old Land Rover. “Oh, that’s right, WE ARE IN AFRICA AGAIN… IMPOSSIBLE!”
With all the COVID false starts over the past year and a half, it is surreal to actually be here. Each time we psyched ourselves up, watched the news, tried to make sense of the data, and then chickened out. We were beginning to lose trust that it would ever happen.
So why this time? Why did it make sense, where did we gain the courage to face 34 hours in airports and crammed in airplanes? What changed?
Well, mostly the urgency to get on with life, in a responsible way of course. Back to what we love.
Sure, we took proper precautions and prepared well, but turning 69 forced our feet back onto the path and we worked things out along the way. Instead of slithering back into the fear box.
Gaining Courage is a Merry Go Round
Interestingly, we have gone through this cycle so many times on our travels to find adventure and make a difference. Waiting for the conditions to be just right, wondering about the unknown, fearing the unexpected.
Yet, isn’t that exactly what adventure is all about… facing conditions that are unknown and unexpected. Trust me, no matter how well you prepare, it is not the warm comfortable life you have nurtured and grown to expect.
And to tell you the truth, that is half the fun. Remember, adventure isn’t normal or comfortable.
Life’s too short to be timid.
Let go. Do what you have always wanted to do with your life. Be it a tune up or overhaul with your present adventure. Or a life changing leap into the glorious unknow.
Take the courage that urgency provides to get you off dead center, putting your foot on the path again.
Enjoy the day and do some good!
Russ Harris loves all things technical and making the world a better place, especially for Margrit.