Embrace (Mis)Adventure

feet in bubbles

Last week someone added the wrong kind of detergent to the dishwasher. Late at night I moseyed downstairs to grab a glass of water and was welcomed by a bubbly explosion covering the kitchen floor. It was obvious that it would take a long time to clean up the mess. But before I ran upstairs to grab towels and reinforcements, I stood in the bubbles for a moment and let them pop between my toes. Why?

Because bad things happen. 

Once I accept that and learn to embrace inevitable disaster, a world of new potential is opened.

On my first trip to the United Kingdom my entire stop-over trip in Iceland was canceled at the very last second due to inclement weather. I had been dreaming of exploring volcanoes and geysers and sipping tea near the arctic circle for months. Instead my mom and I got stuck in Washington D.C. for two days. After canceling our Reykjavik tour and other bookings, getting as many refunds as we could, and kissing our non-refundable money goodbye – we ended up having a lovely time. We got to tour the library of congress, something I’d been wanting to do for years. We also ran through the national archives, something I had never particularly wanted/planned to do. It was a great experience nevertheless.

When disasters happen, I don’t want to settle for merely muddling through. There are potential glorious memories lurking in the shadows of disappointment and unplanned delays. I am trying to learn to embrace and take advantage of each moment as it comes. I mean seriously, how often do you get to play in a kitchen floor covered in BUBBLES!

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

12 thoughts on “Embrace (Mis)Adventure”

  1. Such an agreeable metaphor, perhaps more of us need a layer of bubbles on our kitchen floor!

    Thanks for the excellent read! I absolutely empathize with your point, however I tend only to see the potential of setbacks when travelling. I’ll try to remember your bubbles next time.

    Kind regards,

    Einstein’s Barber


    1. I’m still in the learning process too. I’ll be trying to remember the bubbles next time I face a setback as well : )

      Thanks so much for your encouragement and feedback. It means a lot to me.

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  2. This is so true. Unexpected desires have hit at my house as well, but I’m learning that the only way we’re going to get through this is with a positive attitude. Thanks for the encouragement—this definitely tells me that I need to keep a close watch on my attitude.


  3. Learning to have a positive attitude makes a huge difference in how much you learn to enjoy life. I’m learning to love the happy mistakes.

    I loved your little story about the bubbles and that you stuck your feet in them. I would totally do the same, haha. Great post!


    1. Okay and okay. What a bummer. What is the point of a dishwasher breaking if there aren’t bubbles? Iceland would make up for it, I’m pretty sure. How about coffee in the arctic circle? I’ll bet it tastes better up there.

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