It’s officially summertime…The kids are out of school, the days are hot, the sun is hanging out with us a little longer. I love summer…recently my two boys dared me to jump off the high dive at the local pool. “Sure, no problem,” I told them, smirking at their surprised faces. After all, I LOVED to jump off the high dive as a kid. I never actually DOVE off the high dive, just jumped. It felt so good to fall from so high, splash into the cold water, come up for air…
Fast-forward 30 years later and you see me climbing up the stairs to the high dive. “Hmmmmm, I don’t remember it being this high…I don’t remember the diving board shaking this much when I walked out on it. Looking down, I don’t remember the water being that far away. And it looks like it will hurt, too, when I crash into it. Maybe not such a good idea after all.” Let’s face it, I’m scared.
But my boys are down there, they see how hesitant I am. Wait…are they cheering for me? I hear them yelling, “Go for it, Mom! Just jump! You could do it!” The diving board is bouncing a little from my knees knocking. I have this fleeting thought that I am going to FALL , not JUMP, off this thing and my stomach starts doing flip-flops. I want to turn around and go back but believe it or not, it seems scarier to go back than to jump off. So I closed my eyes and did it.
The fall only lasted 1-2 seconds… hitting the water WAS more painful that I remember. But when I surfaced, my boys were clapping and smiling and yelling to their friends, “Hey! My mom just went off the high-dive!”
This is kinda like that.
To me, writing this blog is like jumping off the high-dive in your 40s. It’s scary, but I’m going to do it anyway. Maybe I’ll have a handful of people who take a look at it…I hope not, though. But I gotta take the chance.
What are YOU scared to do? Perhaps you should just close your eyes and JUMP. It might hurt a little, but there will be people that love you cheering for you!
There will be a variety of things going on here. My mind tends to flutter from project to project, musings, food, entertainment.
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And remember, “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun”-Katherine Hepburn