life is an adventure
Because of my career in Natural Resource Management, my wife and I have lived in a variety of places in the Western US, mostly small towns. We’ve been married for more than 52 years and have had many grand times. I would not have wanted to spend that time with any other person. She is truly my best friend and soul mate, and we love each other deeply. We’ve had our ups and downs, but overall, we have been on an adventure and it is not over yet.
My desire as a teenager and a young man was to leave the plains and live and work in the mountains, in that order. As a result, we’ve been blessed to live in and around the Rocky Mountains for most of the last 39 years.
One of our most memorable experiences was moving from a small town in Idaho to Los Angeles to go to school. We were in our mid-forties and changing careers. It was a shock to move from a predominantly English-speaking culture to one where many languages were spoken. It was also a shock to move from a town of 3,300 to a city of millions with long lines at the post office and grocery stores and hours at the DMV to get a driver’s license.
We lived just a few blocks off Sunset Boulevard where most of the businesses had bars on their doors and windows. There were bars on the door and windows of our apartment. Police helicopters flew overhead many nights of the week.
But after a month, we began to adapt and drive like everyone else. There was a saying back then that you’re either the “Quick or the dead.” We learned how to get around the freeways and streets. To support ourselves, my wife worked in Hollywood teaching ESL and I also worked in Hollywood as a custodian. As a result of her job, we got to know and associate with people from many different countries. We loved it and still do greatly enjoy associating with people from other cultures. There were also many in the school we attended.
When our schooling was complete, we would have been content to stay and work in LA, but we knew we were headed back to the Rocky Mountains. Since that time, we’ve been privileged to travel overseas several times to parts of Asia and Central and South America. We also lived and taught conversational English in South Korea for a time.
Life for us has and is an adventure. Many people don’t get the opportunities we’ve had. But, no matter what one does, life can still be an adventure. Part of it is attitude and our responses to circumstances. Life is not always kind to many people, and it’s understandable that it may not be an adventure for them. But I’ve found that, despite some hard times, my blessings far out number the hardships I’ve experienced. And, I’m a natural pessimist, but I’ve discovered that it’s better to be an optimist no matter what happens.