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By Erianne Thedorf

Life. It’s busy with family, work, school and more.

 

So busy, in fact, that we often let adventures slip away from us.

But no matter how busy we are, we must not let the adventurous side of us disappear. It’s so easy to use those small amounts of free time that we’re given in our busy lives to just take a break and relax, but what if we’re relaxing too much … or what if we’re busy too much? The problem with this is that when we lean toward either end of the spectrum — busy or too relaxed — and we then we fail to see the adventurous side of us slowly drifting away. I constantly have this problem of believing that I’m relaxing too much and need to take more chances in my life by going on some more adventures.

I look at how I’m living, and I have to see if I’m a plain cardboard box doing things like every other box, or if I’m the one who stands out, goes on adventures and is different from all the rest. I’ve come to the conclusion that some of us might have been adventurous at one point, but as time goes on, we tend to sand out the edges of our box back to the original boring state. We can’t let ourselves get to that point and allow our edges to be sanded down to the normal box; we must be adventurous. It’s okay to do crazy things and get out of your comfort zone every once in a while; it’s okay to try things that you aren’t used to. The chances that you take can lead you to wonderful, prosperous things throughout life. Think about a time when you went on an adventure. Did you profit from it in some way? Or have you never even had an experience of taking that risk?

I had the opportunity of going to Haiti this past summer with some of the other teens at iCYouth, and it was the greatest adventure I have ever taken in my life. It has changed who I am as a person and has given me a better perspective on life in general. I stepped out of my comfort zone and went on an adventure to a third world country, where God was right along side me, showing me the beautiful, little things in life. I now like to think that I have a little branding on my cardboard box in the shape of Haiti.

This is your time now to not be that plain cardboard box. Get some holes in your corners, paint the sides and rip the flaps off (maybe all that busyness? maybe it’s weighing you down?). I know it’s extremely hard to focus on being adventurous and thinking outside of the box. The busy lives that we live and the cookie-cutter routine that most of us are used to can become a habit, but sometimes we just need to let go of some of the busy and take that step toward adventure. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the fullest.” (John 10:10)

So go do just that.

ErianneErianne is a Junior at Grayslake North High School. She enjoys books, movies, music and meeting new people!

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