I’m going on an adventure!

There’s a scene in the first “Hobbit” movie – the scene where Bilbo Baggins realizes he needs to leave the Shire and go out on a proper adventure.  That this adventure will lead to a universe being created from one end of a book to the end of a third isn’t what matters.  What matters is that this little hobbit who enjoys his home and staying in it – and never leaving the comfortable confines of his community. He’s content.  Until a crazed wizard shows up with a cadre of dwarves intent on taking back their kingdom and then the real challenge for the once content hobbit begins.  He faces down terrifying battles, horrifying beasts of Middle Earth and a unsettling thought they might not make it back alive.

We’re all Bilbo Baggins once in our life.  Probably twice or more for some of the more stubborn of us – we’re not built for adventure.  We’re built to be comfortable.  To be settled.  I’m painting with a broad brush – but go with me on this.  The path of lease resistance – that’s the life we enjoy living.  But there’s something bigger out there, something better.  There’s adventure.  There’s adrenaline pumping, blood curdling and mind boggling mountains to climb.  And some of us decide life is worth living on the edge and we push ourselves into that great perhaps of unknown and leap off wide eyed.  And others of us slowly climb out to the precipice and debate with ourselves if this indeed is something we should consider.  Eventually we either trip into the cavernous unknown or we just close our eyes and jump.

And still others remain as far away from the edge of adventure as possible.  That’s where I sat for 5 1/2 years.  And in October, my wake up call came.  I found a new job.  I poured myself into it.  I learned how to breath.  I realized I needed to find a career.  God was pounding on me with a sledgehammer to wake me up.  And boy did he.  Next week I start classes.

It’s a deja vu.  I never graduated college.  I don’t have a degree.  It’s been 11 years since I sat in a classroom.  The time has come to start from the bottom and climb my way back up to where I need to be.  I need to get back to the Dwarven Kingdom and the future that lays within.  I gave up on my hopes and career too easy all those years ago.

The Great Adventure begins Tuesday.  Full speed ahead.

To infinity…and beyond.

5 Responses

  1. Kelly Hale says:

    If you can help students write and think as well as you did in this post, the schools are going to love you! That was an inspiring analogy; one we all need to here. Thanks.

  1. July 10, 2014

    […] It’s here where I flash back to my first post where I spoke of Bilbo Baggins and his decision … This is that moment.  Shutter away in fear of the impossible or run into the fight with sword raised.  I’ve been doing a lot of thinking today going back and forth as I stare down this very scary schedule.  There’s going to be challenges in all this, there’s going to be moments where I wonder if this was the right call and there’s going to be moments where I want to run away as fast as I can. […]

  2. January 15, 2015

    […] creature stalking towards me.  Two years is a long time.  It’s 25ish classes.  I know.  When I started this blog I compared myself to Bilbo Baggins going on an adventure with a bunch of dwarves and taking a flying leap out of the […]

  3. February 20, 2016

    […] begins to assert it’s power and influence across the map.  When I started writing this blog, I spoke about Bilbo Baggins as he set out on his adventure in a run, his heart afire and mind racing.  That was back in […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.