Adventures Vs. Journeys

3 Nov

I was thinking about this today and thought I would take a break from my typical crafting, baking, gardening posts and share some thought with you. Don’t worry we aren’t jumping on the deep side we are just getting our ankles wet over on the kiddy side.

Maybe it was the long work out session with my sister or perhaps I was genuinely intrigued by this question. What is the difference between an adventure and a journey? I think they can be similar but in the same light they are both different. It like comparing Thanksgiving turkey with ground turkey; same but different.

I would love for you guys to chime in on this discussion many ideas lead to a better discussion and understand of the topic (personal opinion).

I would say a journey is a long-term vision of where you would like to be down the road. For instance,  I started the hike with the intention of getting to the top of the mountain and looking over the valley. An adventure can be something unplanned or planned that happens along the way that makes the journey memorable. For example, making a wrong turn on the way down the mountain and walking the whole hike all over again (Ba ha ha).

As I was driving home with sore feet I started to think about how in life there  are journeys and adventures. There are moments that we walk along and times when we sprint. Moments that we wish we could skip through and others that we wish could last a few minutes longer. It’s all the little adventures that make the journey worth it.

I am now going to put my nerd hat on (so if it frightens you look away). Whenever I think of journey and adventures I always think of Lord of the Rings. If you have never watched the movie or read the books you should definitely add that to your list. All the same I am going to share with you this dialogue between and Frodo and his best buddy Sam. Sam is telling Frodo this encouragement when all hope seems lost.

FRODO: I can’t do this, Sam.
SAM: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy. How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened.
But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something. Even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t. Because they were holding on to something.
FRODO: What are we holding on to, Sam?
SAM: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.

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