Friday, November 14, 2008

The Call of Adventure

Frances Mayes' Under the Tuscan Sun is one of my all-time favorite books. I’m still fascinated on the beauty and simplicity of life and food in Italy. I’ve been to Italy once during my mid-term break from hotel school but it was only a short trip with close friends. But that short trip is as exciting as reading the book and I’m still determined to go back to Italy one day, whether in Tuscany, Sienna or back in Rome.

But this book is not just about the memoirs of cooking, eating, moving and living in Italy. This bestselling book reminds me of listening to your voice of adventure. It’s about taking chances in life, abandoning your comfort zone, moving beyond your fears, following your heart and just going with the flow of life. Then there’s your courage and your inner strength that persuades you to live with gusto and passion but are afraid to do so.

There is a fire in your heart that ignites that passion. It could be moving overseas, adopting a child, changing careers, learning a new cuisine in Brazil, learning a new language in Korea, taking that dance class or maybe as simple as changing your daily routine. Some of us are afraid to take that leap of faith but I think we should be more afraid if we didn’t even try.

So, what is the flame in your heart that kindles your passion that if you don’t do anything, it will consume you? Maybe it's not safe, but what is?

1 comment:

  1. I couldn't agree more.

    Life is all about living outside of your comfort zone and stretching for all the things you truly want from it. Anything is within your reach, but as Napoleon Hill would say, you need to have an inner burning desire. If you're not stretching... you simply don't want it bad enough.


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