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  • abstractangel7 1:47 pm on May 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Hi, everybody! 

    Ok, so figuring out how to post on here was an adventure in itself.  Now that I’ve managed to do it, I thought I’d introduce myself.

    My name is Jackie, I’m 28, and I live in Chicago with my two boys (aged 5 and 6).  I’m unemployed, and not ashamed to admit that I love it. I know it won’t last forever, but I’ve gotten to know myself, been able to spend much more time with my kids, and done things I could only dream about having the time to do when I was working. When I AM working my typical title is, “Substance Abuse Counselor”. 

    This challenge to complete 52 adventures really appealed to me because in a sense it was how I tried to live anyway- experience new things/people/places, but not as conciously.  It sounds kinda morbid, but I’ve always felt like death is right around the corner.  It makes me want to live life to the fullest, tell people how I feel about them while I can, go out and do things while I’m blessed enough to be healthy and able.   At first, my adventures-on-purpose didn’t seem exotic enough when I started to check what everybody else was up to.  My first adventure? Learning to knit.  But it’s so individualized, anything can be an adventure to anybody, and there are no limits or rules (other than maybe not to purposely harm anyone). 
    To me it’s an individual journey of growth and self-discovery, shared with others and I want to thank Kim for this great idea. It’s good to meet other like-minded people unafraid of LIVING.  Doing what excites you, what scares you, what reminds you that you’re alive. And what a beautiful thing that is.

    I look forward to reading the posts and sharing my own on here. Have a wonderful day, everybody!

    • jeindeer 1:09 pm on May 13, 2010 Permalink

      Welcome on board, Jackie! I think living life to its fullest is a great way to live it 🙂

  • mjperry1 3:24 am on May 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Adventure 8 – being honest with the internet….and attaching my name to it. 

    Initial disclosure. This posting isn’t so much about an adventure as it is about the concept of adventure. Second disclosure. I don’t consider myself a writer as such. I can write things, certainly … subject verb object … and it generally works rather nicely. I even use things like metaphors and similes. But a writer in the real sense of the word – the sense of being able to communicate profound human truths in interesting or perhaps pithy ways … this is not something I do in a written form. But tonight I’m going to make the attempt. Because tonight is my birthday. And I’m slightly drunk. And I’m alone. And if we combine those three things into a single metaphor, you kind of have my life.

    Now, I’m not actually depressive. I’ve been through counseling, and I’ve worked through most of my issues, and I’m really in a pretty good place in my life. I think. But as I face the big 2-8, I can’t help but feel a certain sense of “I’m an adult now.” Which is so damn scary. (More …)

    • blueskiesinva 10:15 pm on May 3, 2010 Permalink

      Your post is brave and inspiring. Don’t worry about being an adult (whatever that means). I’m about halfway through this life now, and I spend very little time thinking about what I’ve “accomplished.” It’s more important to, as you say, “plunge in and live life from day to day.” Happy Birthday!

    • yearof52adventures 11:17 pm on May 3, 2010 Permalink

      I’m so proud of you. I can’t wait for forthcoming adventures!

    • Jean Ann 3:19 pm on May 5, 2010 Permalink

      Thanks for referencing Our Town. (And no, I wasnt in Our Town, I tried out, and didn’t get cast.)

    • faolan01 12:48 pm on May 11, 2010 Permalink

      This is very courageous! Thank you for sharing this adventure with us, and happy birthday!

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