While I was standing in a redwood tree 100 feet off the ground on Sunday, I realized that this was not the first adventure that I had this year. In terms of trying new things, I’ve had quite a successful year! In fact, I am really proud of myself, because each of these new things was previously WAY outside my comfort zone.
1. Scuba diving at night with the manta rays
Night dives scared the beejeezus out of me, because you can’t see what’s beyond your light. Being underwater was daring enough for me, so I though that not seeing what was underneath me would be terrifying. Turns out, I was totally wrong. Aaron and Bee gave us a dive as a thank you present, so I decided I would be brave.
It was absolutely captivating and magical. The manta rays are so graceful, agile and gentle- and ginormous! They would swoop right next to you as they were feeding. The excursion was also satisfying, because Chris said it was one of the best experiences that he’s ever had. This wasn’t our video, but you can see for yourself here:
2. Rode an ATV and got muddier than ever
Growing up in Vermont, it was not uncommon to hear of some doofus who got drunk, rode his ATV in the woods at night, and serious maimed himself. Needless to say, we were not allowed to go near 4 wheelers. And, honestly, they didn’t appeal to me. They’re noisy and dirty and dangerous. So when Becca and Chris wanted to ride in Hawaii, I was not that excited. But Chris and I really wanted to do something special for the little sis, so we went for it!
It was the best thing I have ever done in my entire life. I drove full speed through puddles, laughing as the mud flew into my smiles. I went full steam around corners, and I certainly didn’t want to stop. This really surprised me. I was especially caught off guard because all the sudden, I turned into a bit of an adrenaline junkie. Now, I want to do things that go fast, challenge me physically, and get me I have a need for speed! In fact…
3. Ziplined in the redwoods
This was actually WAY tamer than I expected it to be, so I thought it was a bit boring. Looking back though, I realized that I had a relaxing, enjoyable morning from a different vantage point. Plus, it turns out that I’m not really afraid of heights, yay!, but that I still want to jump off ledges when I’m on them. I know, that’s weird, but I have ever since I saw Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and they looked out of the Sears tower.
Really, 32 held a LOT of firsts, but these were the printable, publishable, big ones. I am truly thankful that I was able to spend the year doing new things and growing in so many ways. I’m sure this year ahead will bring some firsts- maybe not as adrenaline filled as last year- but firsts nonetheless. The cumulative experiences made me realize that I am braver and bolder than I thought I was- and that I can rise to the exciting challenges that will present themselves. I’m looking forward to it!