For those of us Over Fifty, moving downtown has actually become a full-on trend. Many of us are selling homes, getting rid of stuff and enjoying the surprisingly close-knit community that we find in carefree apartment life.
Moving downtown is fun, it’s deliberate, and it’s all kinds of adventurous. But, it’s also a process. Here’s how it worked for us – a couple of hometown homebodies who couldn’t have ever dreamed this would be us.
My First Adventurous Memory
It seems to me that I’ve always been up for a good adventure. My best growing-up memories are of family RV vacations. In our family, a lot of value was placed on the fun of shared experiences, which typically translated into 7, 8 or sometimes 10 people snuggled into a big RV, traveling snow-packed roads to ski destinations in the mountains of New Mexico and Colorado. It was GREAT fun, and every trip felt like we were off on a big adventure.
From an RV to a Pup Tent
Later, Mike and I made friends with another newlywed couple at church, and we all experienced our first tent-camping / river-rafting adventure with them. We loved it!
We were novices, though. That means we had no blessed idea what we were doing! Yyep, flying by the seats of our high-waisted gym shorts, we were.
Did you know that the dew gathers on the inside roof of a tent on Colorado mornings? If you wiggle the walls of the tent, the heavy droplets turn into a cold mountain shower. Also, if you don’t have the right kind of grill, your hot dog wieners might fall through the metal bars into the dirt below.
As it turned out, we made it through one long, adventurous night in the mountains, and then we high-tailed it to a hotel. But, we sure made some memories on that trip!
From a Camping Experience to a Downtown Adventure
Fast forward through three college degrees, three kids, two mergers, two acres, one horse and six dogs to a small downtown apartment in Austin, Texas. How in God’s green earth did two podunky panhandle lovebirds become city-loving minimalists who can’t remember on which floor of the garage they last parked the car?
What is Life But One Grand Adventure
Explorers are transparent and willing. Wanderers hide and are reluctant. Wandering leads down the path of the lonely. Exploring leads up the path of the purposeful. God warns against our wandering and welcomes our exploration. He gave Solomon “wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore,” and Solomon used that wisdom to “study and explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens.” It’s faith in God that switches the whole thought process FROM wandering to exploring. What a cool thought.
So, I’ve come to appreciate the difference between wandering and exploring. I’m no longer hesitant to talk about my adventures. In fact, sharing them and encouraging others to do the same is the whole purpose of my blog.
Intentional adventure is completely set apart from aimless wandering, and that’s what my mom and amazing stepdad gave my siblings and me on those RV vacations, and it’s what’s taking Mike and me….DOWNTOWN!
The countdown to downtown is on, and I would love for you to enjoy it with us!
Check back, or sign up to receive my emails, and stay tuned for next week’s Countdown to Downtown – Part 2 (the packing). In the meantime, if you see a little aimless wandering in yourself, and your heart is yearning for a little exploration with purpose, check out this Austin-based website. http://www.exploregod.com/ I’d love to hear where your exploration leads you.
Encouraging grand adventures and intentional exploration,