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Wish Wednesday - Three Great Adventure Wishes

Colin goes whale watching
Would you jump out of an airplane? Would you drive straight toward the eye of a hurricane? These adventures might make the average person’s heart skip a beat. But they’re all wishes that have been made by wish kids. And when the time came they weren’t afraid … they were thrilled.

I am a self-proclaimed adventurer, so it always brings me joy to see new people becoming inquisitive and courageous out in the world. The power of an adventure is something that I have always believed in – it can open a person’s eyes to all of the possibilities that their life holds. Many wish kids are either stuck inside doing treatments or just plain too tired to go on daily expeditions.

But every once in a while, an adventure is just absolutely necessary.

There have been a few times in my life where I have needed an adventure. Generally, they fall right around when stressful things are going on in my life. Just before my freshman year of college, I went bungee jumping. When I started my first real job, I thought it was a good time to run a marathon. For me, it’s not just about the adrenaline that goes along with all of these things. It’s about discovering a new way to see my life. And sometimes, the only way to understand it is by taking a look at it 26.2 miles down the road.

domenic at the volcanoEveryone gets an itch for an adventure every now and again, right? Wish kids are no different. Here are just a few of the awesome experiences they’ve enjoyed through Make-A-Wish. But there are many, many more …

Domenic and his family crawl through hardened lava formations during his wish trip to Hawai’i. That probably isn’t something that most people realize they want to do – that is, until they get the chance to do it. For Domenic, that was the plan from the start. But that wasn’t the only thing they got to do on their amazing trip: They also rode in a helicopter around the island, went snorkeling, visited waterfalls, and swam with dolphins. Talk about packing it all into one trip!

Speaking of dolphins, if you're a well-known marine biologist, 4-year-old Colin probably knows your name. He’s an expert on all things relating to sea life, and he is happy to share. Even though Colin’s fragile immune system made it so that he couldn’t spend much time outside as a child, his wish was an experience that took the focus off of his illness and put it onto the awesomeness of his wish day. While out and about during his whale watching expedition, they spotted 19 orcas, harbor seals, a bald eagle, sea lions, and even two rare Minke whales.

I can identify with Colin’s wish because even while he was adventuring, he was also learning. And that is the entire point of an adventure – to learn new things about the world and its inhabitants.

Aspen and her senseiBut adventures don’t always have to take place in an exotic location or by doing daredevil stunts. Perhaps for some, an adventure is just simply pushing beyond the limits. Aspen's dedication to martial arts was the driving force behind her wish: to meet a very influential figure in her life. This person was Sensei Kiyoshi Yamazaki. When they met, he held a training session with her and even presented her with his second-degree black belt.

In the end, it really isn’t about what you wish for that makes it an adventure. Just make the most of your experience.  

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