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Re: Young people and adventure
Interesting topic and a fun read. I think too much importance is being placed by some on physical adventure, you know rarified air, incredibly steep slopes, raging water etc.
Also, there seems to be lacking an historical perspective. As I was reading this, I thought about my family tree. My Grandmother was married at 16 (circa 1890) in the wilds of Texas to a carpet bagger, who some time later went back to visit relatives in Indiana and was never seen again. She married again, but still my father was raised by a single parent on a chicken farm and graduated high school barefoot in the depths of the Depression and married during wartime. His sisters married at 15 and 16, I'm sure to escape. He died a wealthy man, but worked every living day of his life, each one an adventure, except those days he spent as an Imigration Officer on the border. Yet he had the guts with four children in grade school to make a change and find a more adventerous, fulfilling life. I graduated college in time for another war and had not the opportunity for footloose adventure, but found plenty of adventure along the way.
Not all of the adventure I found was on a mountain peak or sailing around with my children, but surely there was some of that. I can't tell you what an incredible journey learning to play the cello has been. Likewise I can't tell you what I feel when I look at the photograph on my dresser with me standing on the lazarette of our small sailboat holding my three year old son, watching the sun go down over the Chessapeake.
Each of us build our lives in different ways and you really need to do that yourself paying only so much attention to the advice you get along the way.
I think MikeOReilly has made some very wise statements in his posts, worthy of a second read by you young horses ready to throw caution to the wind and go have an big adventure right now.