Although I am thankful to have a job but at the moment all I am doing is working and sleeping. This is mostly because of the two hours commute– one way.
However, the long commutes do offer me a chance to think. One of the things I thought about was life and its adventures. For some odd reason, Frodo and Bilbo Baggins showed up in my mind.
For those of you who do not know, the Baggins are Hobbits from Tolkien’s world of Middle-Earth. Which you should read.
Now Bilbo and Frodo had very different adventures.
Bilbo made the choice to take a risk and step way out of his comfort zone. He found great friends, made enemies, and learn much. Both about the greater world and himself. He returned home with a heavy heart but older. And yes, he suffered the loss of dear friends but they departed as they wished to. Good terms and for the greater good.
Frodo, by contrast, had the choice forced upon him. Although he agreed to take the Ring to Mordor (cue YouTube videos), the ring and circumstances push him towards that decision. Like Bilbo, Frodo made and lost friends along the way. However, their passings were useless. That even the victories of the good guys were costly. From Boromir’s death to the fall of the King of Rohan, the deaths were caused by the ring and those who chose to serve evil.
Even their endings were different.
Bilbo returned home and lived a long life filled with the peaceful celebrations that Hobbits celebrate. Frodo, on the other hand, were empty for the remainder of his life. This was proven by the fact that he was accorded a place in the Undying Lands. If you read the books, all of them, ring bearers were given this gift to become healed from carrying the weight of the One Ring. This means that Bilbo, Frodo, and Sam were all accorded a place in the Undying Lands.
The adventures of Bilbo and Frodo can be examples of the adventures we may have. We can choose to step out of the door and take a chance.
Go and find out more about life, make great friends, become famous, and get filthy, stinky rich off of Trolls.
Or one can have one like Frodo. From one painful situation to the next with no hope or reason. To realize if you even reach your goal, it means the end of you. To struggle through the darkness. To fight because the lives of so many others depend on you.
The funny thing is, you don’t which adventure you will have once you step out. I guess the only way you find out is at the end.
So here is to leaving the safety of the home and heading out of the door.