First time is always an adventureRemember the first time you went on to the stage, to give a talk?
It was probably in your school days. You had been there before a number of times maybe to receive a trophy or a certificate. But this time it looked different. It felt scary. Being there for even a second felt like ages to you. You had rehearsed for this moment, especially the first line. But you were stuck there. You glanced across the audience and found a smiling yet anxious face. That was all you needed. You closed your eyes and started. When you opened them again, all you could see was people clapping. Their claps didn't reach your ear as your mind was busy digesting the moment. You had given your first performance.
That's what an adventure feels like. It makes you scared but the thrill of experiencing the moment overpowers the fear. It stretches you out of your comfort zone.
The first time you fell in love, the first time you boarded a flight, the first time you bunked class to watch a movie with your friends, the first time you have a child, the first time you went skydiving, you surely experienced adventure. It is a painful pleasure of course. You never know what's going to happen after this. Will you have a breakup, will the flight crash, will you be caught and suspended, will you have an abortion. You just don't know. But an adventure is never about the outcome. It's about how you feel during that process of change. You feel thrilled as you have broken your comfort zone.
For most, there is adventure only in the first time. A local resident wouldn't feel as excited about his city like a tourist does. Lucky are those people who find adventure in their fault routine. It takes courage to recognise and widen one's comfort zone daily.
So, what was your recent adventure?
[Entry for TOW]