Welcome to Fantasy Island!
Once upon a time, it would have been near impossible to track down and watch favorite childhood TV shows. Imagine my delight when I'd come to the end of "Breaking Bad" and saw that "Fantasy Island" was available for viewing on Netflix!
I didn't even remember why I liked that show, but I was curious to rediscover what drew me in as a child in the 70s.
So, I called up the pilot episode, season 1 and like all other episodes, it started with Mr. Rourke and Tattoo welcoming their guests who had flown in to the on "Da Plane! Da Plane!" and paid big bucks to live out their fantasies.
For one fellow, this meant returning to war-torn Europe and a weekend spent with a beautiful blonde. For another, an African game hunter, it was to be hunted to death and demonstrate his prowess of escape. For a third, a powerful CEO of her own company, it was to witness her funeral in disguise in order to suss out who was truly loyal to her.
I got the idea from the start that Mr. Rourke had plans apart from fulfilling these fantasies although he did deliver the form and circumstances as specified with a few twists thrown in for good measure. Inevitably, each guest went through a process that had them deeply questioning their initial motivation and come out of their experience getting much more than they bargained for!
This message was a total affirmation of my experience of my EPIC ROAD TRIP which was a 7 month adventure that began after selling our house in Barrie, ON on American Independence Day last year!
The planat the time was to putting our stuff in storage, pack up the car to the gills replete with a cargo bag on top and head south-west to California like many pioneers of the old west to the land of perpetual sunshine to find our fortune.
"There's gold in them thar hills!" - the line immortalized by Mark Twain in The Gilded Age.
I have to say there was many a day when the show "Beverly Hillbillies" came to mine, except we didn't have granny in her rocking chair on top of our valiant steed, the mighty HONDA CRV that made it across the continent and back.
Yet, as is often the case when we figure we know what we are doing and are in complete control of the process, life throws us a curveball. And usually, there is purpose behind such curveballs that elude understanding when they are presented. For us, the curveball was having the perfect place we were to stay in the Monterey area withdrawn just before we hit the road.
Perhaps, this might not seem so important, but that place was the perfect landing pad suitable for bringing our dog in an area where it is next to impossible to find pet-friendly rentals and it came with everything we needed so it felt like a HUGE DEAL.
I broke down in a sobbing pile when I heard the news. I just couldn't believe that after all the efforts I'd made for this big change something so essential should evaporate. I was also feeling really irresponsible as a parent because aren't we supposed to have everything figured out so we can create security and structure for our kids?!
I'd been feeling the urge to live and work in California for years and this was to be the first real step towards creating the dream. All of our belongings were moved into storage. Our home of the past 11 years was gone. I just couldn't comprehend the master plan that was at work.
I vowed to find another place somehow while we were on the road and to give myself some time to do so. I also realized the opportunity and freedom that was presented in our situation with the kids off school on summer holiday. We were still California dreaming, yet getting there in a hurry just didn't seem to matter anymore.
Thus, instead of heading south west straight away, we decided to go due east. We eventually made it all the way to Prince Edward Island, an idyllic green gem with beaches in unimaginable colours before crossing the border into the USA.
And so our journey began with a very loose plan and intention to get to California for the end of August so the kids could get back to their studies.
Those of you who are friends on Facebook have some idea of what happened next. Yet, I will keep those that weren't following us along the way in suspense for the time being.
Suffice it to say, I had to let go of my best-laid plans and surrender to the unknown, to develop more trust in the universe and myself along the way.
So, how the heck is all this related to Leaders' Call to Adventure? Well, I believe that all of these experiences are preparing me to fulfill my greater work. I know in my heart that through this journey I am more able to serve and inspire others. Even if I don't know how it will all go down, even though I encounter disappointment and despair along the way, I am becoming more and more open to what's possible!
I believe we can rise to our personal and societal challenges by embracing the spirit of adventure and the enduring wisdom of nature.