“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.”
It’s Christmas and the presents I put the most thought in are always for the ones I love the most. This year, my immediate family decided to draw names rather than spend one’s entire monthly income. My lucky receiver: Zane. The first child born to my sister. I was there for his birth–right there. I was maybe 14. I was more horrified by the epidural than the actual delivery but I’m not sure who was more scared in that room that day. Needless to say, Zane bears an extremely unique place in my heart. I’ve had the enjoyment of watching him grow–watching him learn, laugh, cry.
A momentous time we’ve spent together occurred early this Spring in Spain. Zane lived with Michael and I for one week in a small town on the Spanish coastline, Castellon de la Plana. No one spoke English there. Zane was bewildered. Not only did Zane secure the travel bug the moment he stepped on to his first international flight, that kid embraced it. Just like any child on any adventure would.
Zane will grow to be a worldly, understanding, empathetic, intelligent man one day.
I need to do everything I can to be an outstanding role model for him, we all do.
Alongside his present (an antique compass and sundial), I wanted to share with Zane one of my most precious quotes–one that he could keep forever and finally one day be able to connect with like nobody’s business. The above is the quote. He may not understand these words for years but if this boy continues on his own path, he will understand, more so than any of us ever will.
Quote by Mark Jenkins