I don't know where I'll be living in two years. In fact, I can only think of one other time in my life when I lived in a house for more than two years, and that was my Junior and Senior years of high school. During college I was only living at home part of the year, meaning that my current stint in Virginia will be the longest I've ever lived in one place. As of right now, Alison and I have no idea where we'll move when she graduates from residency, but I know it'll be an adventure.
Life offers us all endless opportunities to try new foods, experience new activities, and visit new places. I hope that you're prepared to enjoy the adventure that life has ready for you, no matter how old you are.
Given my relatively transient life, it's all too easy for me to consider pulling up stakes and moving to a new town every year or two. In fact, it's truly the only life that I’ve ever known. It's from my experience that I hold the belief that we should all be ready and willing to leave the nest and explore the wide open world. Don't be timid, take a chance and enjoy the adventure of life!
There are all types of adventures that we each get to experience. Parenting is certainly one of them. When Benedict started walking, I was floored (pun intended). I knew it was coming, but to finally see this little guy moving around on two legs, after having known him when he couldn't even roll over on his own, is so much fun. The best part is the excitement and pride that he has in himself. Each step is deliberate and a cause for joy and celebration. Of course, parenting also has its challenges and I know I'll have some rough days because of the things that he'll do. I'm early in this adventure, but I know that despite the hardships, it's going to be incredible.
We also have adventures of new jobs and careers. You may experience the devastation of a job loss or the uncertainty of a company teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. Although any situation that involves job security can be terrifying, with the right perspective, it doesn’t have to be entirely uncomfortable. Change does present challenges, but it also presents lots of opportunity. You may lose your job, but you might get a better one. You may go on a vacation that’s a complete disaster, but because of the disaster, your family gets to spend lots of quality time together. Challenges are difficult to endure, but as with most things in life, it’s all about perspective.
The best way to experience adventure is to do so with your family. Hold them close and take the leap together. Make choices based on the best interest of your family, and make them with your wife. The absolute best part about being an American is that if this new adventure doesn't work out, you can always find a new one. There will be another town that you could move to, another activity to try, or another company to work for. Moves are rarely fatal. The world is your oyster, waiting to meet you and share it’s best fruits with you.
We've been given this one life. Take care of your health, be open to change, and experience the adventure of a lifetime with your family.