When I was a kid, I loved The Secret Seven!
The Secret Seven was a fictional group of child detectives: Peter, Janet, Jack, Barbara, George, Pam and Colin. They had the most smashing adventures, and never a dull moment was had by the 7 friends! And who could forget Scamper the dog!
I would lie on my bed and read these books for hours. I remember one year when I was about 9, all I wanted for my birthday were Secret Seven books. I didn’t want a Cabbage Patch Doll, a Care Bear, or even some Roller Skates, nope, it was Secret Seven all the way! Oh, the excitement when I was handed book-shaped parcels all prettily wrapped!
Nothing else would fill my love tank, like getting lost in their adventures. Reading about how they solved the mysteries that just seemed to fall in their laps. Who could forget the time when all of the dogs in the neighbourhood went missing, the time the neighbours House burnt down, or the unforgettable time when the Old Mans violin went missing! The suspense. The mystery. The excitement. And at the end of the day it was always The Secret Seven to the rescue!
I would spend hour upon hour, daydreaming about their adventures, and just wishing I could be one of the 7! Imagining to myself that Janet would have to go off to boarding school and I would be asked to replace her. Me, part of the Secret Seven…….. Ahhh, the good old days!
So as I was reminiscing this week, I got to thinking…..
- When did I stop wishing I could save all the dogs in the neighbourhood or help the Old Man find his violin?
- When did I stop longing to be part of the Secret Seven who lived from one adventure to the next?
- When did I grow up and lose my sense of adventure and excitement?
Somewhere between my 10th birthday and turning 40 (ish) I lost my desire for adventure. For solving all the mysteries of the world. I lost my ability to imagine I was living an adventure. Instead, I got bogged down with day to day living and left the dog saving to someone else!
So I have decided to put some adventure back into my life, no, not by saving every dog in the neighbourhood (truth be known, I don’t even like dogs) but from learning some life lessons from The Secret Seven. So here’s what they taught me:
1. Don’t get caught up in boring! The Secret Seven had a way of turning everything into an adventure…..even having tea and biscuits ended up being exciting. So who’s to say I can’t have an adventure every day? Life is what I make of it, isn’t it?
2. Search out the Adventures. The Secret Seven always had their eyes open waiting for the next mystery. They didn’t sit around on the couch waiting for life to happen to them. Nope, they went out intentionally seeking adventure.
3. Look at your life through the eyes of a 9-year-old. 9-year olds have a way of seeing the world, that I think we lose as adults. What we now call mundane, a 9 year would make an adventure. Start thinking of your life as an adventure instead of a chore.
4. And lastly, Expect great things to happen! So often, we walk through life with our heads always looking down that we miss the adventures going on around us. The Secret Seven was always expectant that something great and adventurous was going to happen to them…...and it did!