“I’m going on an adventure!” These words were spoken by one of my favorite literary characters, Bilbo Baggins when he decides to leave the comfort of his home and trade his peaceful solitude for the chance of partaking in unknown but new experiences. A little over a year ago, I feel like I channeled my inner Bilbo Baggins when I quit my job, packed up the car and moved to Colorado to attend the Saint John Institute. Leaving the comfort and security of familiarity is never easy, especially when you are unsure of what you are getting into, but it is often required to truly find the adventure in life.
The past year has made up for all the doubts, fear and tears that went into making that decision. What I have discovered is the intense feeling of accomplishment after standing on the top of my first mountain summit, the anticipation of waiting for the sun to rise and warm you while backpacking, and conquering my extreme dislike of cold water (some water doesn’t get warmer when you go completely under) to try cliff diving.
Even more importantly and impactful then the experience of nature after 21 days in the wilderness, is the community that we have formed together out here. Choosing to go to a brand-new school, does not allow a great sense of what to expect, especially one that is focused on formation and living in community. Honestly, I thought someone would have to be crazy to give up their “independence” and voluntarily choose to live a scheduled lifestyle. Fortunately for me, I didn’t really understand the beauty in it and have found a place where I am more free than I have ever been and confident enough to share that with others.
I’m starting this blog as a way to remember all the details of this crazy, wonderful adventure and to share them with you. Please follow along if you want to know more about why I came here, the Saint John Institute and The Community of Saint John. Just like Bilbo Baggins, I’m not sure what is to come, but I can’t wait to discover it and share it with you!