Five-Minute Friday: Into The Blue
"I can't just go running off into the blue!"
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
When I found out the prompt for this week's edition of Five-Minute Friday was blue, my first instinct was to connect it with emotions. I've been battling "the blues" a bit over the course of the last six months, so I naturally assumed I'd be mining that experience for this post. As luck would have it, though, my family and I decided to rent The Hobbit for movie night. I must confess that I haven't read the books—although I plan to, I swear!—and I really didn't know exactly what to expect, but I'd heard great things about the series and my oldest son had expressed interest in the stories, so it seemed like a good choice.
I was hooked from the first scene. On a side note: Am I the only one who now wants to go live in the Shire? It's just utterly and delightfully whimsical. *sigh*
Anyway, the quote at the top of this post is from one of Bilbo's interactions with Gandalf. The wizard has asked Baggins to join him on an adventure, and Bilbo has just learned that embarking on the journey means sacrificing not only the comforts of home, but possibly his life.
And yet, despite his (valid) fears and protestations, he cannot resist the opportunity to live, and what follows is nothing short of epic. As I eagerly watched The Hobbit, my mind drifted to my own family and our preparations to move out of state. We're not in for quite as dangerous a journey as Bilbo, Gandalf, and the dwarves, but sometimes it feels like it. Each day brings a new challenge, and we don't necessarily have the answer to it. Rather than sitting and stewing, though, we've adopted the new habit of acting and pursuing, diving in with the knowledge we have and learning the rest as we go. As a creature of habit, this has been incredibly uncomfortable for me, but I am already seeing the value of pushing myself onward and upward.