When Kamel and I went on a hot air balloon ride over Napa with our friends Margaret and Jeff the term Epic Epicness was coined. I’m pretty sure I said it about mm… 5,000 times before the balloon touched down and then another bajillion times at brunch afterwards. When I got back to work the next week I told anyone who would listen that they, “Totally had to go! If you ever get a chance, you must take it! It was amazing! EPIC EPICNESS!”
Then this weekend while I was getting my haircut and chatting with my fab stylist, Dionne (who has known me longer than Kamel has), about being a new mom and the experience of giving birth – I realized that I had the same exact feelings about pushing Gabe out of me as I did about the hot air balloon ride. I get that this kind of sounds like I’m comparing an amazing life experience to… a tourist attraction? But that is not where I’m going with this. I realized that paired with the idea of Adventure-ing is the discovery of each individuals own Epic Epicness(es).
In the car on the way home I started thinking about other Epic Epicness moments – the experiences where I had an out-of-body moment and thought to myself, “Oh my god. I am me doing _________ and it is SO FREAKING COOL! I can’t believe this is real!” or when I’ve had the overwhelming urge to tell everyone I see on the street about how awesome something was because theytotallyneedtodoittoo! OHMYGOD IT WAS SOEPICAHH!
So I decided to rate, in order of epicness, my Top 5 Epic Epicness Moments.
- Pushing Out Gabe
- Hot Air Balloon Ride in Napa
- Traveling alone in Paris/Bicycling in Barcelona (tied for 3rd)
- Driving from Illinois to Louisiana all night and going to Mardi Gras
- Surfing Lessons
And then I had Kamel make his own list – in order of epicness. He had a hard time with this initially because he felt like he hadn’t done anything REALLY cool. But that’s the whole thing – it doesn’t have to be giant, it can be whatever is epic to YOU, in your world! His list (after much debate):
- Everything involved in caring for my own child
- Finally visiting Skywalker Ranch
- Biking through Barcelona
- First time seeing Yosemite Valley with Lauren
- Butterflies at Chichen Itza
Do you have a Top 5 Epic Epicness? Even if you don’t have 5 do you have a top 3? A number 1? I believe that every single one of us has done something worth getting excited about, something they thought they would never do, something they not-so-secretly give themselves cool points for. What are yours?