Saturday, April 1, 2017

Adventure - My life is one! #AtoZChallenge


¨Enjoy your adventure!¨
¨It will be such a great adventure!¨
¨Cannot wait to hear about your adventures!¨

These were some of the encouraging comments from friends and family before we moved from the US to Ecuador in 2013.  Adventure was a word I heard many times. My very supportive, encouraging Mom wanted to hear about our adventures.

To me, adventure had always meant an exciting, awe-filled, wonderful experience. I was not so sure if what we were doing qualified as an adventure. I hoped that we would find a home and a place to buy chicken once we arrived. And perhaps a little adventure here and there.

The first months of exciting, awe-filled, wonderful times were interspersed with frustrating, miserable, soul-searching times.  It was an adventure, alright!  Some days felt like the wrong type of adventure to me.

Being on a burning boat in the ocean is surely an adventure, but is it the kind you want?
Burning boat, Puerto Lopez, Manabí, April 4, 2016
On one of my frustrating, miserable, felt-like-my-boat-was-on-fire days, I opened an email from Mom.  It ended with ¨Looking forward to hearing about your next adventure!¨

I do not remember what it was that had me so down that day - could have been anything really.  Perhaps it was one of these:
  • A steaming hot day without power, which meant no fans and rotting food in the fridge
  • Another day when I could not find the lady in town who sold chickens so I could make dinner
  • It may have simply been a day when I forgot mosquito repellent and had one too many bites 
Whatever it was, I was having a pity party for one when I read her email.  My response was rude and inexcusable.

¨My life is not an adventure!  It is a normal, every day life with ups and downs exactly like everyone else´s.  I just live in a different country!¨

I am certain I never apologized to my mom for my terrible response. I have no excuse. Life went on and neither of us mentioned it.  She has not used the word adventure with me since.

Dear Mom: I am sorry for my rude reply and my extremely tardy apology.  You are right - my life IS an adventure! Ask anytime about my adventures - I will share the fun ones and the burning boat ones, too. Perhaps I will even have a story about a baby monkey on my head!
Cojimies, Manabí, Oct 29, 2013

Everyone, follow me this month as I share some of my adventures with you! 

40 comments:

  1. I'll watch this space for a comment from mom!
    Let the adventures begin... :-)

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  2. You're right that some adventures are definitely more desirable than others.

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  3. Love the honesty in your post. Yes, at time life does get the better of us ... but it is an adventure after all :)

    Rajlakshmi from a to z challenge

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    1. Thank you, it took me a while to realize that it is all an adventure.

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  4. Hey Emily, you never know where life will take you so it's well worth embracing all of it! Keep writing and exploring. Come visit when you're back in Puerto Lopez!

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    1. True words, Alicia! Will keep at it and will stop by to say hi when we are back in town.

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  5. My husband talks about moving to Ecuador every single day. I am looking forward to your blog posts. Who knows, you may be the reason I say yes!

    Susan
    FREEZERBURNED

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    1. That would be cool! We are glad we made the move. Keep reading and see what you think. There are so many beautiful areas in Ecuador and people are extremely kind and welcoming.

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  6. They are always adventures when someone else is living them.
    Looking forward to reading about life in Ecuador.

    Join @moondustwriter for A Piece of Uganda

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    1. Yes, true! I will check out your blog. It will be interesting to learn a bit about Uganda.

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  7. I spent 10 days on an adventure in Ecuador, so can only imagine what daily life is like for there!

    Heidi, perspectives absent of sound @ Decibel Memos

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    1. How cool that you have been here! It is such a beautiful country.

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  8. Well done you! I hope you've sent the link to your Mum. Living in another country is challenging but a life changing experience. In later years you'll be thankful that you've made this effort to document your experiences.

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    1. Thank you, crgalvin! I have sent her the link. Looking forward to hearing from her :)

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  9. Haha yes! I look at life as an adventure, too, but at times when I'm in some place like the mountains of South America with really cold temps and no heat, I begin wondering if adventures are overrated. Looking back though, I know they aren't. ;)

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    1. Too funny - I am currently sitting in the mountains of South America wishing I had a heater!

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  10. It's funny that we rarely think of our own life as an adventure, even when we move to a new country! Right now I'm looking forward to sunshine, after so much rain. Kinda feels like walking along the river would be just the adventure I need.

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    1. Yes, Joss, it is funny how our own lives rarely seem like an adventure to us, even when they are.

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  11. Life really is an adventure! Esp love that monkey on the head pic! I can't wait to hear all about yours in Ecuador, dear sister! Love you so much!
    - Lisa K

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    1. Hey Lisa, Thank you! You know, you were on the receiving end of my rude email too. The blog got clunky when I included you and Heidi in the apology. I do apologize to you both, too. Looking forward to sharing my adventures. Love you!

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  12. Hi Emily - sometimes life throws us wobblies ... I'm sure your mother understands now, as do you too ... I'm looking forward to seeing more of Ecuador and your 'adventures' ... cheers Hilary

    A for Aurochs

    Today’s A - Z Challenge 2017 post

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    1. Hi Hilary, I love the word wobblies. It is used far to little in my life. I am going to incorporate it. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy my adventures. I am off now to read about Aurochs.

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    1. Thank you for reading, Narayana. I will check out your blog now.

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  14. This is going to be a fun read for us. Whenever someone asks about our time in Ecuador and why we went there, we always tell them it was our Grand Adventure!

    DB McNicol, author & traveler
    Theme: Oh, the places we will go!

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    1. I love that - your Grand Adventure! That is perfect.

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  15. I have been accused of wearing rose colored glasses, being an ostrich, a PollyAnna. I LOVE my life in Ecuador and I've never gotten over the honeymoon. I live in Cuenca and for 2.5 years, I have not had a single solitary day of regret. Maybe my life was just THAT bad in the U.S. but I love my crazy, topsy-turvy, adventurous life in Ecuador. I think things are probably easier in Cuenca than on the coast. Here's to many happy adventures and fewer burning boats. Good luck with the A-Z!

    A is for Automatic Writing

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    1. Thanks Scarlett! I am glad that you also love this beautiful country. Coincidentally, I happen to be in Cuenca now. It is lovely and I am enjoying it. I will be returning to the coast in a few months.

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  16. We all have those days. I hope your mom reads this post.
    In a way all our lives are adventures, irrespective of where we live. I think we just have to look at that way. Even on the off days when we wish it was just normal and uneventful :D

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    1. Yes, all of our lives are adventures. It is a good way to look at life!

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  17. Everything we do is an adventure, sometimes not the adventure we want. I look forward to reading more of your #atozchallenge

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  18. I'm not quite the adventurer that I used to be when I was younger. These days I prefer my daily adventures to end up in my own comfortable bed or at least a bed in a nice clean hotel.

    As for a monkey on my head? Not sure about that.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out: It's About Time

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    1. Sleeping in a warm bed is much better than cold dirt or tile, that is for sure! Come back later to hear more about the monkey :)

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  19. Decided I might as well start at the beginning! I hope you're loving life because it sure looks and sounds like it!

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  20. Love that reality check. Yes, rotting food and no power is not fun. One always imagines tropical places never have problems. Maui Jungalow

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    1. You have the same conditions on Maui so I know you get it.

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