As a student teacher, I was mentored by an amazing master teacher. I would learn many things about teaching from her but one life story she told me forever changed my thinking. I was in my early twenties when I learned that she was no ordinary teacher woman. No she wasn't. Her story was quite simple but it's implications for me were life altering. For a period of time she, her husband, and her children lived on a boat. They traveled the Atlantic. In fact they traveled the same route at one point that Columbus took. She home-schooled her children on their voyage and they 'raced' him across the Atlantic.
I don't really know much else about her story but I have an active imagination. Supplies dwindling, the time they woke up surrounded by dolphins, catching up with another ship via cb radio, storms on the horizon.... Who knows!?
I was dumbfounded. I didn't realize that people could live such dreams. Normal people. People that I knew and worked with could live high seas adventures? Really?! It wasn't just in books or movies.
I urged her to write a book about it. She declined. She said people do it all the time. It wouldn't be interesting enough.
Wow. People do it all the time? In the middle of living ordinary life, they live an adventure. Why didn't I know this? I really didn't believe that to be true.
This changed me. My world was bigger because she shared this with me. My possibilities were grander. I would love to say that from then on I lived a life of mystery, intrigue, and high stakes adventure. No, like her my life would appear to most, quite ordinary. For example, this was written in the midst of children waking from naps, bread going into and out of the oven, all while unwittingly over hearing a neighbor's conversation and wishing I hadn't, and not written from some sea faring vessel. However, I do expect the extraordinary to be right in the middle of my ordinary. What seems just everyday to me, may be new to someone else.
Two Columbus Day reminders for me:
1. Live your story. AKA, be aware of the adventure you are currently on. 2. Share your story. What you say, may be just the perspective someone else needs.
If you had to title your 'adventure' right now, what would it be?