‘Have an adventure’, we say. ‘It’ll be fun’ we say.
And it is.
It grows you, it stretches you, you learn, you have fun.
Yet what about the cost of the adventure?
This month I went to Cambodia for 10 days to work with Transform Cambodia. It was 10 days without seeing my family. 10 days of missing my girls and them missing me. 10 days of processing the hard stuff over the phone with Mr instead of side by side.
There was a cost to this journey. There was the monetary cost of the hotel and airfares, of course. But also a cost in time, Mr took leave so I could go on this journey. And there was a cost in emotions with a few days of tears from my girls even before I left on the trip.
Adventures cost and it is important to know that and examine that as you embark on the adventure.
Mr and I looked at the cost of this adventure in our time, money, relationships and emotions, and we decided it was worth it for me and for the family. We examined the costs and we decided to choose the adventure anyway.
And then the adventure gives unbelievable benefits. Benefits we could not see until the adventure started. Such as relationships with people I had never met before. Such as a greater understanding of the way other countries live. Such as an expanded heart that encompasses Cambodia as well as home.
These benefits are less tangible, less obvious when you start but they have changed me intrinsically.
What is the adventure you want to embark on this year? Is it going back to study? Is it starting a new business? Is it launching that blog you have been thinking about? Is it a new country or city? Is it a call to mission?
Make sure you count the cost, and then go on the adventure anyway, and reap the rewards.