Why did I choose “Wayfaring Aventure” to be my blog’s name?
Well, I’m glad you asked!
The “adventure” part is probably self-evident, as this is primarily a travel blog. But let me share with you a little more in-depth. One of my favorite sayings, which I found through pinterest, is that the only difference between an adventure and an ordeal is one’s attitude. I repeat:
The only difference between an adventure and an ordeal is one’s attitude.
It is a convicting saying, because it is very easy for me to frown and grumble about inconveniences and unfairness and anything else that I stumble across during my day. Ordeals find us everywhere, but life is far too short to complain about them. But adventures–ah! Those are the stories that bear repeating. Adventures make us better people who see better things around us. And, like many things in life, it’s up to me to decide–was my car breaking down and me walking two miles to find my husband an ordeal or an adventure? Was the electricity going out for two days an ordeal or an adventure?
Did Frodo and Sam see traveling to Mordor as an ordeal or as an adventure? Well, it probably depended on what time of day and what leg of the trip they were on.
Did Bilbo sulk and complain and groan when faced with Smaug? His attitude made the difference.
Adventures make us stronger. Thankfully, our ordeals/adventures are small compared to those in epic literature. But almost anything can be turned into an adventure. As miserable as living with, say, air conditioning in 100-degree weather is, I am inordinately proud of myself for doing it. And now I know that I can and that I’m better and stronger than before.
I am, and probably will always be, working on my attitude. But when I walked those blasted two miles, I saw some of the most beautiful trees, moss, and wildflowers I would never have seen if I whizzed past in my car.
The difference between Eustace as the horrible brat who deserved his name and the Eustace who, in dragon form helped fix the Dawn Treader and encouraged tired crew members when they faced near certain death was that Aslan changed him.
This, to me, gets to the heart of the attitude and adventure issue. Aslan did a much deeper thing than just changing Eustace’s attitude, and Eustace’s attitude showed the inner changes. He looked at life completely differently, seeing it as something to be enjoyed and explored.
Aunt Wealthy Stanhope from the Elsie Dinsmore series would agree, for she once exclaimed that God did not mean for life to be a tea party, but an adventure to be lived.
I truly and wholeheartedly believe that. Life should never be as completely safe and staid as a tea party. Adventures come in all shapes and sizes–marriage, babies, caring for aged parents, donating huge sums of money to charities, going to college, fostering children, remaining single, starting a new business–all of these are types of adventures, even if they don’t seem like it at first. Many seem solely hard and bone-wearying, but that’s because adventures do tend to look like ordeals unless God changes your attitude.
I love order and plans and finding out the unknown. The uncertain and the unknown tend to trouble me. Next year I have no idea what my life is going to look like, where we will be living, or how I will find a job. When I realized this was happening, I freaked out about it, to be honest. I was also angry because I thought God wanted us to do things a certain way, and all of a sudden the rug was swept out from under us. But as I grumbled and cried, I realized that this huge ordeal, this inconvenience that interrupted our 5-year plan, was really an adventure in disguise. I choose to be an adventurer.
So, if I ever start complaining about life not going the way I thought it would, you might want to remind me of the name of my blog, and that it’s not named “the tea party life” for a reason.