Adventure, it is all in the look.

There is a great short story by Neil Gaiman that places the reader in the middle of a conversation between a mother and her grown up child. The eavesdrop focuses upon the sibling discovering crazy adventures which their father went upon before he died. They are so fantastical it gives the impression that the mother must be struggling with reality. It's a brilliant story found within Trigger Warning - a book I would highly recommend. 

What stands out for me is the opening lines.


In my family ‘adventure’ tends to be used to mean ‘any minor disaster we survived’ or even ‘any break from routine’. Except by my mother, who still uses it to mean ‘what she did that morning’. Going to the wrong part of a supermarket car park and, while looking for her car, getting into a conversation with someone whose sister, it turns out, she knew in the 1970s would qualify, for my mother, as a full-blown adventure.

Neil Gaiman: Trigger Warning (Adventure story)


I like the idea that adventure is found within how I look at things. Too many times I focus upon the Hollywood blockbuster moment within my life, putting all other paths to one mundane side. But adventure is all around. It's just a matter of looking, then throwing myself fully into its unknown. 

Andy Smithymanthoughts