Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Embarking on Adventure

"An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered. An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered." 
-G.K. Chesterton

So, I'm sitting in the basement of my dorm, waiting to find out where I'm going to room next year. 
And I was grumbling under my breath: " blarrrggghhhhh" And then I thought, "What a major inconvenience this all is." 
And then my pesky little conscience piped in with: "Correction: what an adventure." 
And it definitely is an adventure.
Arriving freshman year and finding your roommate for the year randomly chosen for you is also an adventure. I've been lucky enough that my rommie's been a comfort and a support this year. 
An amazing person, who doesn't mind when I accidentally knock over trash bins in the room when I come in at two o'clock in the morning. 
That's called patience, my friends. And I think it takes a lot of that stuff to live with me.
So, now the adventure continues. 
So, here we sit. 
Casting dirty looks at any girls who mention thinking about considering eyeing the rooms where we want to live. 
Stressing out about how many doubles are left. 
Fretting. 
Worrying. 
And then, at some point, a giant wave of apathy slides over us and we cease caring. Stressing out is exhausting.
Albeit exhausting, it is much easier to stress out about an inconvenience than to turn it into an adventure. 
It's much a much lazier choice to stress out about life and it's little sorrows and setbacks than to think of them as steps of an awesome journey. 
Ever since the beginning of the semester, I've felt an undeniable tug, a hand leading me onward to a grand adventure. I keep waiting for it to arrive.
And then I realized: right now is the adventure
All the little triumphs and sorrows of daily life are the adventure. 
As Jo sings in the musical Little Woman: "My great adventure has begun." 
My adventure is already well-underway. I am entering the final small bit of my first year away from home. 
The adventure has started. 
And I'm ready for it.

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