My punkin and I are generally always up for something new. I love adventures. I love to try new things and do things I’ve never done before. There’s something about getting out there that excites the soul and is just plain fun.
This past year we went to Wonder Works in Orlando. They have a ropes course where you hook up to a harness, climb a few floors up, and walk across obstacles. Exciting, right?! We waited in line for our turn, got to the top, and suddenly realized it was actually quite… frightening.
On some of those obstacles, there was nothing to hold onto. You had to hope your balance held out and just take steps of faith. It wasn’t as much fun as I thought… heart pounding in my throat… even though I knew we were safe! Little one felt the same! We stayed up there the whole time, though! If you’re there, be there!
Another time, we left Florida to get out of the path of Hurricane Irma. We traveled with friends to South Carolina, but when they returned, I thought… What the heck?! Let’s go to the Smoky Mountains! We are SO close! So we did, just my punky and me.
We drove through the mountains, hiked waterfalls, played in creeks – just the two of us. I make smart choices and I’m aware of my surroundings, but I never want fear to hold us back. We’ve got too much to see and do on this planet. We hiked 2 miles on one mountain with a steep drop on one side and my daughter only being 6 at the time! The waterfall was so worth it… and we saw baby bears in trees!
Life is fun.
I guess I’m writing this to say… Don’t ever let fear hold you back. Don’t let the What Ifs stop you from doing something new, adventurous, bold. It’s easy to talk ourselves out of things… but then again, it’s just as easy to go for it and just do it!
There is so much fun to be had, so many experiences to encounter. So many creatures to meet. Do you know there is a place in Florida where you can hand feed lemurs? Right?! They are adorable!
Every adventure, big or small, fills our life with good moments and amazing memories. I wouldn’t trade the adventures of Mommy and Rae for any tangible item in the world. We make life fun. We try new things. Sometimes we love it and sometimes we don’t. But the memories are there forever and we never regret embracing the occasion.
We could spend our life being afraid of the hypothetical or we can just be brave and live life anyway.