No matter if we live apart, or live together, the Wonder Woman and I will seek out daily adventures. Now the adventure is driving 90 miles on weekends to see each other. Later the adventure will be living on one modest income and spending one less dollar than we earn. It will be growing our own … vegetables, that is.
Every day soon after I wake up I go through a “Just for Today” list. I found this recommended in the “Dear Abby” column, and made up my own list. No matter what challenges arise, I can recite my “Just for Today” list and it gives my life a sense of balance. It gives me an anchor point in stormy seas. In other words, I cannot be knocked overboard by a boss, co-worker, IRS agent or medical emergency. Life goes on. “Just for Today” keeps on giving.
One part of my “Just for Todays,” from the beginning, has been reciting a quote from Helen Keller: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” I saw the quote on a poster when I was in junior college 40 years ago, and it has stuck with me ever since.
This doesn’t mean I go bungee jumping every day. What I consider adventure might be tame by most people’s standards. My adventure is just doing something a little different than the conventional. For example, I am willing to commit to a long-distance relationship for as long as it takes until Teri and I can be together in the same house living as a traditional husband and wife. And when we can do that, because of circumstance, the daily adventure of “fun with frugality” will continue. We will seek out cheap dates — for example, a free piano recital or a picnic at Catherine Creek State Park — and ways to balance the budget. If we do suddenly have more wealth, we will still have the adventure of being as healthy as possible, using the skills, not pills method, enjoying after dinner walks, bike rides and romantic games of croquet in the mountain cabin yard.
Consider coming up with “Just for Todays” for yourself. That way, every morning you can remind yourself that somehow, some way, today will be an adventure.