Dreams of adventure far and away

“Follow your bliss, and doors will open for you that you never knew existed. Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” – Joseph Campbell”

Did you ever have a tree house as a child where you and your most trusted friends could meet, compare life notes, munch Oreo cookies and feel safe about being there together? The idyllic rendezvous hideaway.

Many of us as children did not have the financial resources to vacation with our families in exotic locations and experience the mystery and adventure that travelling the globe affords travelers.

We relied on our active imaginations to convert our at times ho-hum world into a place filled with intrigue, adventure and derring-do. Monsters, pirates, swashbuckling heroes and cowboys were the characters of choice.

The naked boughs of trees held makeshift tree houses that served as club houses, wild west forts, castles and imaginary time machines meant to transport the brave of heart to new and exciting realms of experience.

Today as adults many of us have the financial resources to make these childhood dreams a reality. An annual family visit to a remote tropical island or a whirlwind vacation to Disneyland is now typical fare for many families.

Even though the experiences of our younger days are over  the close bonds of friendship we developed in our tree houses remains unshakeable and timeless.

This was our way of creating an imaginary world that sheltered us from the harsh realities of the real world. 

 

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7 Comments on Dreams of adventure far and away

  1. I remember as a child growing up in 80s Britain my family was lucky enough to be able to afford the occasional trip abroad, usually Spain which would involve about 36 hours worth of travelling on a coach although I don’t recall much of the travelling. What I remember about the holidays were how much they seemed very similar to the caravan holidays we had back home. Mostly sitting on a beach building sand castles.

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    • Adults tend to place their values into their children and hope that by repeating certain ecperiences over and over again the child will come to share their values. Going on family vacations is fun but building sand castles and defending your secret fortress from dragons and invaders offers more of what young minds crave.I enjoyed the tree house. It was nearby and a refuge. Thank you for sharing. Enjoy the day.

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  2. who knew how harsh the real world would actually be? Nice post, Gerry.

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    • Thank you Lois for your kind words. Some realities start off a bit more gruesome than others. But an active imagination and close friends can help you endure and survive the difficult times. Enjoy the day. Take care.

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  3. I played in the creek behind my house as a kid and so did my husband (different creek, different town). So when we had kids our grand adventures often involved walking to the park to splash in the creek. One Christmas holiday when they were teens we decided no gifts that year and took a trip to Grand Cayman. We had a great time together splashing (and snorkeling) in the ocean. It was a Christmas to remember (and no shopping!)

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    • Bravo! Good for you. Who would have imagined that splashing around in a creek near your homes would lead to an exciting, no shopping for Christmas adventure vacation. Many youngsters these days have too much manufactured experiences ( toys, computers, tablets, Iphones) and miss out on the enjoyment of the simple things life offers. I am glad you all had an enjoyable vacation. Take care. Be safe.

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