So right now I’m on vacation with my family. It’s a blast being with my brother and cousins all under one roof, going to the beach, and laughing our butts off every five seconds.
While this is all great, let me just mention that I am neither preppy nor athletic. My brother, along with ALL of my cousins, are BOTH preppy and athletic. While this doesn’t bother them, I tend to be very self-conscious about it.
Today, my family decided to try watersports. I had an option between kayaking and paddle-boarding. Immediately, I chose kayaking. It was something I had done before and didn’t require a ton of athletic experience. I was comfortable with it. If I chose paddle-boarding, I would most likely fall and embarrass myself. Not to mention, I’d be standing in my bathing suit, totally exposed to everyone around me. That’s not exactly my idea of fun.
But while we were renting the equipment, I had a realization. I can’t live in fear of a new experience just because I’m not a soccer superstar and don’t have great coordination. I need to face every challenge head-on and kick butt, like I’m meant to.
That being said, I went out and kicked some serious ass. It took me a few minutes to find enough balance to stand up, but I did it. And you know what? It was SO MUCH FUN. I would have never been able to do that if I had hid in fear.
Take this as a lesson. Do one thing that scares you everyday. I’m pretty sure that’s a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt. It’s such a good idea. If you don’t try new things, you’ll never be able to get out of your comfort zone.
Have a great evening. Love you all.
xx Abby W.
Helloooo ladies and gents!
Long time no speak, but I had an interesting thought today. I realized that quite often, we are able to sense whether people are okay or not. We get a “vibe” telling us whether the person is happy or sad or angry. But just as often, we don’t act on these vibes.
My challenge to you: The next time you get a sad vibe from someone, walk up and sincerely ask, “Are you okay? I just wanted you to know that I’m here for you.” If you’re too shy to do this, replace the question with a compliment. Even something like “Your hair looks great today!” will put them in a better mood.
We are given both the joy and the responsibility that come with being in community with one another. Use your voice.
xx Abby W.