I stepped onto a trail recently. This trail leads from the safe, suburban confines of master planned communities of Orange County into the messy setting of an incredibly secular city. As I began this journey it reminded me of how much adventures can cost you. Bilbo Baggins captures this perfectly in this dialogue in The Hobbit,
Gandalf: “I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.”
Bilbo: “I should think so — in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!”
I get Bilbo.
I understand what he means by staying in the peaceful lands of the Shire and not journeying out into the countryside. While I more than likely will never encounter ginormous spiders (God willing…), trolls, and dragons, I can sympathize that it makes you late for dinner. Adventures bring about great inconveniences. Adventures take us out of our comfort zones and place us in uncertainty.
Now that things are progressing and plans are being worked on, this adventure in San Francisco is looking more and more exciting. While adventures make you late for dinner, they also bring you to more exciting places and sets us within a better story. When you’ve been sitting in a comfortable place for so long, it just might be time to risk being late for dinner.