Within three minutes of pressing “publish” on yesterday’s blog, I received an anxious text from my middle child.
“What are you doing tomorrow?” she asked.
Not thinking of my post, I replied I was doing some cleaning around the house. I didn’t want to tell her that after having everyone home for the holidays, a dumpster, and heavy duty cleaning equipment was required.
“No! What are you doing tomorrow to be brave? You wrote you were doing something you have wanted to do for years!”
I quickly texted her back my plans, and she submitted her approval. A few moments later I received another text. This one from my father. It read:
“Your mother forwarded your latest article to me. Outstanding. Glad you tried, and liked the oyster. Just be careful with some of your new adventures as you are very important to us. 143.”
It was then I realized that perhaps I needed to make clear to those that worry about me what this year will NOT entail. I’m all for stepping out of my comfort zone, since this is what my 2016 is all about. However, I’m not stupid.
I will not be doing the following within the next 365 days:
- Bungee jumping: I have vertigo that occasionally creeps up on me. No way is this happening.
- Eating a live insect: Listen, if I’m in a foreign country and the sought after delicacy is moving and breathing, I will try it. But I’m not going to my backyard, digging up a worm, dipping it in Sriracha, and gulping it down. That’s not brave. That’s gross.
- Scuba diving: The thought of swimming a zillion feet underwater supporting a limited amount of air supply on my back literally freaks me out. No can do. And I’m not all that interested in what’s down there.
- Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Reading “Wild,” by Cheryl Strayed was enough for me thankyouverymuch.
- Taking flying lessons: It takes a Xanax or three, not to mention red wine, to get me on a commercial flight.
- Going in a shark cage: Read scuba diving above.
So the point is, while I’m trying all new adventures, and some may very well frighten me, maybe make me pause a bit, it’s all in a good way. This statement also serves as a notice to my life insurance company that I am of sound mind.
Which brings me to my big brave moment today. Again, this is something I have wanted to tackle for a very long time, but instead, I gave every excuse in the book for not following through.
- “I’m not ready”
- “I’m too busy”
- “I’m not good enough”
Today, I signed up for a monthly writing class/group. It starts this month.
It’s time to do this.