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India Jones and the Sorcerer’s Stone

I have this philosophy I call, “The Indian Jones and the Sorcerer’s Stone Principle.” If you’re from the United Kingdom you could call it the “Indiana Jones and the Philosopher’s Stone Principle.” The theory goes like this:

Have you ever watched a movie like Indiana Jones, Harry Potter or Star Wars and thought how awesome it would be to live a life filled with so much adventure? If Hollywood has done its job right then the answer to that question should be, “yes.”

Take a step back and watch those exciting action movies closely though. From beginning to end almost nothing good happens to the hero. Most of the adventure is one turn for the worse after the other. If there’s not a giant boulder about to crush you there’s a three headed dog trying to eat your arms. Action movies are really pretty morbid when you think about it. Then again, they’re only painful to the hero during the moment. When it’s all said and done and all the trials are past it’s the hardships that make the journey epic. It’s the unexpected turns for the worse that being flavor to the journey, and when you look back on the journey it’s the things that went wrong that you laugh about the hardest and longest.

Have you ever seen a movie where everything goes right? Unless it was pornographic it would be too boring to sit through. Even then…but I digress.

Every time I go on a vacation I can’t wait to see what goes wrong next. I’ve started a couple of trips with no plan and no map just to make sure nothing goes as planned, and when events really do take a turn for the worst in a way that could be viewed as regrettable I try to remind myself that I’m going to be laughing about it later. So I may as well start now.

If you ever plan on doing extensive traveling you’d be wise to start your journey with some version of the “Indiana Jones and the Sorcerer’s Stone Principle” in the forefront of your mind. Even if you never do any traveling and spend your whole life in your home town you’d still do well to keep this simple fact of life in mind: you can only have so much fun when everything goes right.


2 Responses

  1. Hi Travis and Amber.
    I have just stumbled upon your blog when I was looking for a good layout for my blog and just thought I’d let you know how much I enjoyed reading it.
    This post is particularly apt as I am just about to leave NZ to teach in the Cook Islands so I will remember the Indiana Jones principle and smile when things don’t go as planned.

  2. Awesome post, and so true! I stress out way too much when things go wrong, I should really just laugh and go with the flow.

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