It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves — in finding themselves
— Andre Gide
Later this week marks the start of a long-overdue adventure for me. Ten days living in and exploring a different country all in the name of literary research. Yeah, it also happens to be a vacation. Well, I’m using vacation time to do this. If you think about it, isn’t doing something different, fun and cool, a vacation? Regardless of where the fun happens, be it away or at home? I think so.
Plus, I get to see my best friend for a few hours during a stopover. How do you jam a summer’s worth of living into three hours of shits and giggles? I don’t know either, but it’ll be worth a try.
Adventures are great because you end up learning a lot of about yourself. And I suppose if you’re having an adventure with friends or loved ones, they find out a lot about you, too. And that’s not always a good thing. I’ve seen the good and the bad which probably explains why the only person with whom I would go on any adventure, would be my best friend. Adventures with relatives can be complicated. Been there, done that, not all that impressed.
But having adventures on your own, is a different beast altogether. And for some reason, running off for some solo adventure is a concept I’m most comfortable with. I think it’s the lone wolf in me. Maybe it has something to do with not having to answer to anybody but the alarm clock. Yeah, I can definitely see that.
To be honest, in solo adventures (depending on what it is that you’re doing), you tend to make new friends albeit temporarily. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, the friendships go beyond temporary and you’ve found yourself another life-long friend. Another kindred spirit. Those kinds of folks are fun.
I’m looking forward to making new friends (temporary or not) on this upcoming adventure. I’m also looking forward to discovering what my imagination will be inspired by during this time. During this process, I’m going to get to know more about myself as a writer, as a creative person, and figure out what kinds of stories I want to tell. Although I have a pretty good idea about the kinds of stories I want to tell, it doesn’t hurt to see if that idea can be expanded with the introduction of new places and new faces.
I can’t wait. The adrenaline is coursing through me. I’m ready.