Adventurous, ambitious and alive #atozchallenge

Going for promotion, trying new things, having the confidence to aim high. To me these are all things showing ambition.

Am I ambitious? There’s something in the word ambitious that I detest. It’s the ambition that stops people looking after each other and supporting others. If the ambition can be achieved with love and support of others then I’m there with you but if not, then you can keep your ambition, I want none of it.

I’m not the most adventurous by way of treks and jumping into life these days, I had adventurous dreams when I didn’t know any better. If I hadn’t listened to some older souls who, later, said they must have been in their low periods, I might have given life more of an adventurous slant. Learn from me.. don’t listen to others.. hmm.. If you’re thinking of doing something adventurous do. Enjoy it and tell me about it later because I’m ok with my less adventurous route these days but love hearing about what others get up to.


Show don’t tell.
He was ambitious, adventurous and alive.
During his last expedition he lost his best friend and was now back to find answers.

ps Lulling you into a false sense of security.. they’re not all this short.. Watch out for c, I used up some of my words there instead of here..

Please stay with me through this adventurous challenge, I think they get better.. at least, I have high ambitions that they do!
Lynne’s AtoZ blogging challenge theme in case you couldn’t tell:
Linked to thoughts of emotions and behaviours, my theme is ‘I feel….’. Writers among you will be familiar with the phrase show don’t tell, for others it’s what every novelist tries to do. Authors want to show you the emotion and behaviour without telling you it. Trying to practice showing not telling, I have included an example in each post. I may have got it right, I may not have. Please let me know.

Here’s who else is doing the AtoZblogging challenge.


54 thoughts on “Adventurous, ambitious and alive #atozchallenge

  1. Gosh, how I struggle to show and not tell, too. Am I being ambitious? Dear Lord, hope in the right way! Adventurous, yes, but treks are out. I am more the mad fun kinda woman. This was nice and short. Yes, I am looking to read C 😀

    Rock the AtoZ2014

  2. Showing definitely wins over telling, though sometimes a judicious mixture works in stories.
    Ambitious I am not, unfortunately (or should that be fortunately? 😉
    Looking forward to more from you 🙂

  3. Hello, returning your visit to my blog :). Good advice and I like your attitude – ambition should always be tempered with care and adventure can be fun. Good point about the writing too.

  4. Ambitious – check, Adventurous – check, Alive – check!!! All the three words that describe me!!! A great start to the challenge. I am following your blog right away 🙂

  5. Your opening line with key words…GOING, TRYING, HAVING…say it all. This glimpse of you reveals a thoughtful and creative person. Enjoyed your words and the addition of your ‘Art’…a great example of ‘Show and Tell’. Well done for the Letter ‘A’.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

  6. You voiced something that I never quite realized bothered me either! I, too, am not fond of the word ambitious. Because I own my own small business, lots of my friends refer to me as ambitious. And I always feel a bit dirty about it. Like, “Vaulting ambition, which overleaps itself.”

    And I, too, have hungered for adventures only to discover that sometimes the little challenges in our lives can be the greatest adventures. Like finding love, friendships, and for me – keeping my little company up and running has been quite the adventure.

    This was a really lovely post – to get one thinking. Thank you!

    I’ll be back for more!

    • Thanks Tricia. Hadn’t realised I’d touch others with the same things I’ve struggled with. We need to get over our issue with the word ambition.. It can be very positive I’m sure.. Looking forward to ‘seeing’ you again soon. Does that mean I need to continue with AtoZ 🙂

  7. I keep waiting for the “show don’t tell” to flip back over to”tell don’t show.”
    Sorry if I rant for a minute – I believe good writing will never be great if it stays in the established parameters.
    I share your view on ambition. If we can help others in our ambition then it’s a wonderful form of energy. One of my goals this year for A to Z is to scout out publishing potentials.
    Best to you as you A to Z

  8. Yes, it’s difficult to show and not tell sometimes, but I have little buzzes that go off in my brain whenever I write ‘like’ ‘as if’ or ‘feel’ Sometimes I don’t manage to do anything about them though! Great post – looking forward to the rest 🙂
    Blogging from Alpha to Zulu in April!

  9. Lynne – I am new to “show, not tell” so that will be my focus as I read you in April. Trying to understand the concept and see your examples. That will improve my own writing ambitions.

  10. I’m trying to be more adventurous, or rather to get back to my adventurous old self. Life’s too short for leaving things until later! Nice post. 🙂

  11. in my youth Father William I was adventurous, I had a list of ambitions – see the world fly that kind of thing and had acheived them all by 40 so had to make some more! Now I’m a timid old lady stroking my cats:) and if you believe that well you’d believe anything- I’m a fiction writer:) great post keep them rolling:)

    • I believe everything. What are your cats called.. The only reason I don’t have one is to avoid the cliché.. hmm.. Instead I have five draft novels so with you on the fiction road.

    • This is my Third year I think. the years shoot past these days.. I thought I was bold in 2012 starting my blog in jan and doing the challenge in April. Wow you did both the same day, not surprised you came back for more. It’s an amazing challenge and we meet some wonderful bloggers.

  12. Hi Lynne. I’ve had to go back to the start and reorganise myself. I don’t know about you, but the emails and comments are coming in too rapidly to keep up and return the favours.
    Today was my day to get back in touch with my reading of every comment from those I want to follow.
    This post is so true to life for me that I had to find it again and get on to comment this time. As an ex-Serviceman who knows a thing or two about adventure. Now that I’ve been away for it for over 20 years I know a thing or two about taking life the way you do – and you’re right!
    On the two options for your caption, I’d go with the second one, which speaks volumes.

    • Yes it’s proving difficult to get round all the blogs I want to. Partly because I don’t have a neat list somewhere to take me there. Glad mine was one of the blogs worth popping back to. Many thanks for finding your way back, now I’ll wander through my blog to reply to your comments 🙂

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