I didn’t read Day 8’s assignment in the 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge until late afternoon. Given the assignment, that made it hard to fulfill:
Like I said, today is a fun day. So I want you to go out and do something that you’ve wanted to do for a long time. Go out play, enjoy, and come back and write about what you did. Also, write about how you can make such adventures part of your new lifestyle.
I had already resolved a few days ago to clean my desk this weekend. And because I had put aside Saturday to do that, I planned to spend a large part of Sunday preparing my lessons for the coming week. So I didn’t have much time for an adventure.
I started thinking about what I would have done if I had had the whole day. Of course, my mind jumped right away to travel: the kind of adventure I like best. In one day I couldn’t travel far, but I could have gone out into the countryside to do the second half of my churches of Groningen province tour. Or visited Menkemaborg, which I visited a few years ago but have never written about. Or dragged my husband up to Friesland to visit some of the elfstedentocht villages, all of which are purported to be very pretty, but I’ve never gotten around to seeing them properly.
I realized that I’ve done A LOT of traveling in the past year. Since last September, I’ve visited ten countries. Some of them certainly were an adventure (For example, see my Nigeria posts.) If you counted another year back, you’d have to add at least five more.
My “adventure”? Going to a movie.
And yet, in that same amount of time, I think I’ve only been to the movies a couple of times, assuming I don’t count movies watched on planes or Netflix.
So for the “challenge,” I took my husband to a movie in town, for the first time in I-can’t-remember-how-long.
We saw Captain Fantastic, which was sweet and funny and moving and I highly recommend it. It brings up all sorts of pertinent questions about parenting in the modern world.
While I wouldn’t call going to a movie an adventure, I like to do it. My new lifestyle can easily include it now and then. My mind should be clear enough and I should have enough energy to go out to movies and restaurants and events. I don’t like that I’m always worrying about the work I’m not doing. That Tinkerbell voice in my head? I hope, with my new lifestyle, that it will just shut up.
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan blog Challenge Day 8.