Before I explain the bizarre title, I should explain something about myself. Though I hate to admit it, I’m not very adventurous. Other people like to think that they are Indiana Jones, living a life filled with danger and excitement. Nope, not me! Sure, I like doing stupid stuff on motorcycles, cliff diving, or going way to fast on a dirt road in my car, but that’s different. I’m up for dumb random stunts because the worst thing that could happen is a broken bone or a concussion. Though there may be some pain, the stupidity is worth the glory in the end. Or at least, that is what I tell myself.
The type of adventure that I’m talking about is different because the effects last much longer and the stakes are much higher. There are people that sell everything they own and go live in Africa. There are people that randomly quit their job to pursue their dreams. Well screw that! I don’t like it. I get the appeal, but it’s just not for me. Then I married a crazy chick.
I used to think that the whole “opposites attract” bit was ridiculous. Now I see things differently. There is just something fascinating about a person who is radically different than you. It’s like a whole new element has been added to your life when you’re around this person. You’ve just got to have more of it. But when you get more of it, you realize you it’s a little scarier than you initially thought.
You see, my wife is nuts. She is the type to sell everything and move to Africa. Why? She says, “Because it would be fun!” We once spent two days arguing why we shouldn’t cram everything we own into a storage unit and buy a van so we can go preach the gospel. The woman has adventure in her blood.
At first I was resistant to this kind of nonsense. “It’s unpractical, stressful, and it’s just plain dumb!” I soon began to realize something that I didn’t want to admit. I’m not much fun. In movies, there is always the adventurous friend who wants to do something really crazy and dangerous. Then, there is the other friend who spends the majority of his time complaining and reminding everyone that, “This is not such a good idea.” Without the adventurous friend, there would not be a movie to begin with! I had to look at myself and ask, “Which character in the story am I? Who do I really want to be?”
It was a reality check. I began to realize that God placed this crazy chick in my life so that it would challenge me. He wants to draw me out of my comfort zone; to take me places I wouldn’t go on my own. To see an adventure and to go for it. Why? Because it would be fun, that’s why.
The moral of this story is that if you’re boring like me, you’ve got to marry a crazy person. She will scare the crap out of you, but sometimes, that is what you need. It will be more than you can handle, but you will realize that you can handle more than you thought. Marrying a crazy chick has made my life so much more fulfilling than I ever thought it would be. She’s helped me see what I want in life and find the courage to take the leap of pursuing it. After a while, you’ll become a little crazy too. Then your heart will be set free, and then the real fun begins.