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I see you, 2013.

I hate to sound like a Hallmark card, but…

I hold this to be an unshakeable truth:  the things I regret the most are those curiosities I left unexplored. The doors that I was too afraid to open;  the paths I neither had the time nor courage to wander down;   those pretty stones (sometimes shiny, sometimes not) that I was too squeamish to turn over.

Kids, life’s too freakin’ short. There are a finite number of doors, an ever decreasing number of paths to discover, and eventually, given time,  I can almost guarantee you that civilization and its pressures will complete its mission of pouring concrete over every unturned stone.

It takes courage to put on your Indiana Jones hat. And I’m not particularly brave. Though once, perhaps I was.

This year I need to resurrect the kid. I need to think back to a time when I was only a little bit afraid of what lurked under stones. Back to when my fears were centered on immediate and concrete fears: failing a math test or the size of the inoculation needle. Back to those days when two thirds of me believed that every path led to the possibility of an adventure, and one third believed that at least one untried door might lead to Narnia.

I’m going to find my Indiana Jones hat.

And in 2013…

I  will open up a doIndiana_Jonesor or two.
I will pry up a half a dozen rocks.
I will journey down a few paths.

Because in the end, it comes down to this.
Life is short.
Tick tock, baby.

3 Comments

  • Posted December 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Loved, loved this post. It made me think of Marvell:
    “And at my back I always hear time’s winged chariot drawing near…
    Let us roll all our strength, and all
    Our sweetness, up into one ball;
    And tear our pleasures with rough strife
    Thorough the iron gates of life.
    Thus, though we cannot make our sun
    Stand still, yet we will make him run.”

    Unlike you, I believe there are infinite doors and infinite stones unturned. The question is whether we still have the time and curiosity – or, as you say, the courage – to explore. Here’s to 2013 as The Year of Adventure.

  • Posted December 31, 2012 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    Well said, succinct and to the point. ;) I’m turning over some of those rocks lately, myself.

    • Leigh Evans
      Posted December 31, 2012 at 8:47 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Yasmine. Good tidings in the New Year.

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