Thursday, July 08, 2010

The Age of Fear

Husband and I have noticed that the older we get, the more afraid we are to try things.
Not big things, not jump-out-of-airplanes type stuff, we're talking everyday kid stuff.
For instance: riding our bicycles with "no hands."
One day, things are fun and adventurous; the next, they are avoided and feared.
The more we thought about it, the more we realized how easily these small fears
feed into bigger fears and that if this were allowed to continue, it wouldn't be long
before we were living very small, scaredy-cat lives.

We want fun, adventurous lives; even if we are old.
So, we decided to muster our courage and to stop fear from ruining our fun.

First on the list was riding bikes "no-handed."
I don't have any photos of this, so you'll just have to trust us that we did it.
we didn't fall off and we are now brave enough to ride this way nearly every time we go out.

Next, we moved on to climbing trees.
Another success.

Then, I remembered the tree trunk. 
A couple of years ago, Husband and I went hiking down a trail and came upon this tree trunk
that had fallen down over a small river making a perfect bridge. 
My immediate thought was: we should walk over it!
But, as soon as I suggested it, we both started listing reasons why it wasn't a good idea:
We had our good shoes on.
There were other people walking by.
We could fall in and get dirty.
Or even worse, wet.
So we didn't walk the log.
I wasn't sure why at the time, but I felt so sad that we "couldn't" walk it.


Then, this weekend, it dawned on me that we most certainly could walk it.
I mean it was a pretty wide log, it was only a couple of feet over the water,
and, even if we did fall in, the river was only a foot or so deep and it didn't have much of a current.
I suggested to Husband that we go back and conquer the tree trunk.
He was all for it and today we did it.

We walked all the way to the end, turned around without being able to get off the log,
and walked all the way back.

Husband tried the arms down approach.

I utilized the arms up technique.

We both made it safe and dry, but that wasn't really the point.
The point was that nothing bad would have happened to us even if we had fallen in,
the point was that there was nothing to fear.

After much laughter, jumping, cheering, and celebrating our accomplishments,
we hiked out of the park feeling like two young kids ready to take on the world.



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