Memorial Day weekend. On the water. In kayaks. With other, way bigger boats.
When Dave suggested it, I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it. I’m on summer break in a bit and it would probably be safer to go during the week. We have so much to do this weekend. There will be people driving boat who will be going fast and drinking…
In the end, I was convinced. We left at 8:00AM to beat the traffic and were unloading the kayaks 20 minutes later.
We’ve used the kayaks before, on weekends with no problem, but I hadn’t been in a kayak in months and wasn’t really sure about whether or not I was in shape to go on a long paddle.
But I did and it and the rewards far outweighed the perceived risks.
I forgot how good it felt to be in the water, gliding across with nothing but your own power to move you in the right direction.
I forgot how good it felt to float by a spot of marsh, listening to the water lap against the reeds, so full of life.
I forgot the exhilaration of finding small areas to beach your boat and watch the world go by. Our own private island.
I forgot that sometimes you don’t need to venture far to have an adventure.
I almost let fear get in the way of an incredible experience.
We saw a couple powered boats on our jaunt. They were trying to get to or from the Intracoastal Waterway. But none got close to us. And we were in charge of the direction and speed of our boats.
We were wearing floatation devices for a little extra protection.
We made sure we knew where we put in and that we stayed in areas that were deep enough for us but too shallow for big boats to come through.
in short, we made sure that we did what we needed to do so any risk involved was minimized.
Sometimes in life, you need to be brave and do things that scare you, just a little. Those things that push you out of your comfort zone will give you opportunities for growth. The further out you go, the bigger the risk but, sometimes, the reward is huge.
I’m glad we took a risk this weekend. I was able to get back to my Viking roots and conquer a whole island. I need to do more of this, push past the fear and be willing to be scared, just a little. After all, you can’t have an adventure, if you’re not willing to venture. #HappyFix #SelfCare