Machu Picchu, Easter Island, Patagonia...I think of these places and sigh with longing. I want to immerse myself in their mysteries and beauty. I am addicted to shows like Anthony Bordain: No Reservations and The Amazing Race. I soak up travel articles like a sponge trying to absorb as much as possible.
Fearful of turning into an armchair explorer, I revved myself up with research and printed out brochures on adventure travel. I have a passport that's getting a little dusty. Time to get moving and South America beckons. All fired up, my fingers flew over the keyboard looking at my options. Nothing was going to stop me from sweating in the rain forest and swatting mosquitos the size of birds. Nothing.
Okay, so maybe I've gotten out of shape the past few years, but I am actively getting back in shape and making a lot of progress. I'm working on it. Yes, it's true I wear an ankle support when I run, but the fact is I am running! Well, okay, I admit it's more of a run slash walk, but I am moving, baby. And don't forget the Pilates. If worse comes to worse, I can bend and twist my way out of a jam.
Adventure travel is nothing new for me. Maybe it's been a few years since I hiked the Mayan ruins of Lamanai in Belize, zip-lined over tree tops in Costa Rica or swam with sharks, but the spirit of adventure is still very strong in my heart.
What does age have to do with it? And, by the way, I do not think 41 is old. As I see it, I have at least another 40 years of adventure left in me. Maybe I'll misplace more items along the way this time around or put my pants on inside-out, but that isn't reason enough to make me stay home.
Perhaps hiking the Incan trail in Peru isn't your idea of fun. That's fine with me; but don't hold me back from my dream, even if it doesn't appeal to you in any way. Keep your mouth shut and I'll do the same when you tell me of your dream of starting a boarding house for cats.
I am a dreamer and proud of it. And as a certified dreamer, I dream big. Hear me? When we stop dreaming, we die inside. I will never stop dreaming. Even as I take my final breath, I will dream of the adventure yet to come.
Too old? Never.
About Moxie Girl Musings
Moxie Girl Musings is about starting over from square one after tragedy impacted my young family. It's filled with stories of triumph, struggle, snafus, hopes, and dreams. Sometimes there will be features from other writers that I like and every so often I'll include an original short story, but normally I simply write what's on my mind at the time. Welcome to my unfiltered true-life story as I figure out this thing called life. http://www.amberleaeaston.com