You all remember I told you I went kayaking with my brother this past weekend, right? Kayaking is something that always sounded so rugged and outdoorsy to me….actually, it sounded hard! Don’t you think? When I was young…I was a tomboy, and an outdoorsy girl. I spent my summers with my cousins on my grandparent’s farm.
Spending all day barefoot, roaming the mountainside of West Virginia, climbing trees, taking care of farm animals, harvesting vegetables, blackberry picking, pumping any water we needed from the well & and helping my grandpa with all kinds of outdoor tasks was the norm. Back at home I’d spend hours on my bike zipping around the neighborhood till the sky had long turned black. Not a care in the world…….those were the days………
Then I hit my teens….you remember those days? You want your hair just right, and to keep your make up from sliding off your face in the humidity…..so you become an “indoor girl.” At least for the most part I did. I traded my bike in for roller skates and the fresh air for a/c. Sure there were occasional summer days spent at the pool, but it was mainly about coordinating schedules with my BFF to spend as much time with each other and “hang out.”
In my 20’s, I spent plenty of time at the beach or rollerblading, and though I did a 4-year stint in the Navy I still didn’t consider myself an “outdoorsy girl” again. Not until after I became a mom and hit my 30’s. In my 30’s, I got comfortable in my own skin again. I wanted to be outside as much as possible. The beach, boating, running, biking, camping….you name it….as long as I was outside under the blue sky with the trees blowing in the breeze or the nighttime stars. I fell in love again with nature!
So it only seemed natural that last year to ring in my big “4-0 birthday” I’d want to try something new…something I’d always wanted to do in the great outdoors. Kayaking. My hubby and I spent the morning of my 40th birthday in a tandem kayak and I fell in LOVE. I could do this every weekend! Well life happens…..and the holidays….and the weather started getting chilly…even in South Florida. So this past weekend was my first opportunity to get back out on the water….this time in a single kayak for the first time.
I thought it’d be much harder, but was surprised at how effortless it seemed compared to canoeing. Or maybe it’s because after having 3 children….we moms just don’t notice a little extra effort exerted in order to have peace, tranquility and relaxation. We were only out there for 2 hours, but I could have easily stayed out for 4-5. If you haven’t tried it….you must! And tell me what you think.
So I’m making a promise to myself…..I’m getting back out there on the water at least 2-3 more times (hopefully more) before November rolls around. Fortunately for me living in South Florida…the weather is on my side. Aug, Sept and Oct are our hottest months. And between my hubby, my girls, my mom and a whole crew of girlfriends….I think I’ll have plenty willing to join me.
My challenge to you? Get out there and do something new….something you’ve been wanting to try for awhile. Stretch yourself…..get out of your comfort zone a bit. Not only will you have fun, but you’ll rediscover “youth” again….a taste of your childhood. And that’s something hard to come by.
This post is linked up with Works for Me Wednesday.