Everyone is going on "adventures" these days. Webster defines an adventure as "an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity". I crave to be in the wilderness very often. Entertaining fantasies about "escaping" from normal life, challenging myself against nature and letting discomfort become comfortable. But then I realized... In a season of growing, in an intensely emotional way, I have mistaken my wilderness. I have focused on the easy adventure.
Is learning to be in deep relationship with others possibly the greatest adventure of them all? Is it possibly the deepest, most uncharted wilderness still available?
The wilderness of knowing and being known. The adventure of beating your heart for another to see. Grizzly bears can't kill you there... but you can be left emotionally open, bare, vulnerable, and potentially acquire a wound that is deeper than any wilderness adventure could produce.
Or, on the other hand, the discomfort becomes comfortable. The pain heals. The thought of encountering the Grizzly of emotion, the freezing temperatures of vulnerability, or the bee sting of emotional pain and healing become a welcome challenge for the warmth it produces when conquered.
- Kappel James Cloninger (via his Instagram account)
I find forms of healing in the strangest of places.
Healing, after all, is not linear.