Tomorrow The Little Explorer turns 4.
I’m not gonna lie to you. This past year has been a bit … challenging. The little guy is one of the most spirited people I know. He’s a wild child – full of boundless energy that is constantly pushing me to the edge of my comfort zone. And right on past.
Thing is, that’s where life really begins, right – at the end of your comfort zone? I think this kid has a lot to teach me.
When I was trying to figure out just how to capture this past year in pictures, I was struck by one constant: The Little Explorer is one joyful human being.
When he does something, he does it full throttle. Good or bad, he’s all in. He’s living every moment as fully as possible.
Yeah, I’m jealous, too.
In case you need a reminder of what joy – pure joy – looks like, here are a few moments from a year in the life of The Little Explorer.
1. Joy on the trail
There is rarely complaining, often running and usually a fair amount of questions when The Little Explorer is along. He knows how to keep it interesting.
2. Joy at play
All this kid needs is a cardboard box. Or a pile of dirt. He finds wonder and fun in just about anything. What’s wrong with the rest of us?
3. Joy in all kinds of weather
When it rains, The Little Explorer begs to head outside. When the sun goes down, he wants out (“I can use my flashlight, mommy”). It’s hard to argue with that attitude.
4. Joy in life’s simple pleasures
Like blowing bubbles, searching for the “perfect stick” or burying and discovering treasures in the dirt. Can I bottle that passion?
5. Joy in new adventures
Going snow tubing? Yay! Gonna sleep outside in a tent? Cool! The Little Explorer is always up for – and excited about – trying new things. (Wish I could say the same for myself.)
Here’s wishing you much joy wherever your adventures might take you.