Journey, Discovery, Adventure

One of the misconceptions I had about being a Christian was that we are intended to sit down, conform, and not do anything exciting. Well, as it turns out, that is very wrong. As Christians, we are constantly asked to be pilgrims; to journey, to discover, to adventure through this life we have been given. We are asked to search for this idea of "more", which is not done in a selfish consumerist way, but instead in a manner of growing closer to the person whom we are intended to be. Just to clarify before going on, there is a big importance on being obedient, it's one of the three vows that religious within the Catholic Church take. However, discovering oneself, and finding the adventure within is just as important as going on an adventure externally. In my experience thus far, following God's will for my life has sent me on a Journey that is more exciting and adventurous than when I was doing my own thing.

Last week, I watched the Secret Life of Walter Mitty, for probably the 4th time since it was released. I love everything about it, and it has a knack of giving me an inspirational boost whenever I walk away from it. The stunning scenery and visual experience is in itself worth the watch, but it is the quest to escape from the mundane that is the real winning point of this movie.

How often do we find ourselves going about our lives, in a steady unchanging fashion? As a student, I found myself content to just do rather than to be, and left me feeling empty. We, after all, are human beings, and not human doings. Learning how to explore and constantly be seeking and discovering is pivotal to living a full and exciting life. I know that as time goes on it can be easier to settle and not seek more, but as Catholics we are always called to search for more, within ourselves and in our relationship with God. 

Now, if you have watched the Secret Life of Walter Mitty (and if you haven't, you should do so immediately), you would know that Walter goes on a epic adventure, from the icy waters of Greenland, erupting volcanoes in Iceland and climbing Afghanistan's "Hindu Kush" mountain ranges, all in search of an elusive photograph, to be used as the cover of the final issue of "Life" magazine.

I would love to jump in a plane and visit Scandinavia for the sake of adventure, however in reality the closest I'm going to get for a little while is Ikea. (Which is actually such an adventure in itself!!) In our own lives, we do not necessarily need to go on an epic trip to seek adventure and rediscover ourselves. Rather, it is the daily quest, making exciting journeys each and every day, internally & externally. 

There is something to be said about the adventure of entering into a prayer, because you never know where you will end up, and the calling that you receive within that prayer can lead you into a very physical journey. But, living each moment as a prayer, seeking God in each moment can allow us to see more in each and everyday.

To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.
— Life Magazine Motto (Secret Life of Walter Mitty)

So, why not change some things up? Find the extraordinary in every moment. Marvel at God's creation, find Him within you. Take a risk, allow yourself to truly feel and experience every moment of this existence. Don't simply do, but simply be. 

This reflection was written by Nick Kelly, whom used to work at a Cinema, and thoroughly enjoys watching movies at every and any opportunity that arises. He can (and will) shamelessly quote Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" from start to end, and is no longer allowed to bring popcorn home ever again after bringing 80 litres home on 2 separate occasions.