We were floating down the Tickfaw River on a tube, soaking up the sun while drinking cold beer. As we floated towards a bunch of fallen trees near the bank, we slowly started paddling away from the bank and the trees. We've done this many times before ... no big deal. As Ken and I floated closer to the trees, we started paddling a bit harder and faster. Before we knew it, our friends floated past us as we found ourselves stuck against the clump of trees in the middle of a strong current.
The relaxing day had changed so quickly ... I was now sitting in my tube, holding on to a tree branch, and fighting the current from sucking me underneath the mass of trees. As I held on for dear life, an image popped into my head ... a nest of water moccasins! I don't know why I had to think of something else to scare me, but now I was wanting to get out of this situation fast.
Thankfully Ken was right next to me ... misery loves company! I looked at him as if he should have all the answers, but he looked just as dumbfounded as me. We both looked around and analyzed our situation. The only solution was to let go of the tree branch and propel ourselves as quickly as possible to another branch a little further down that wasn't in the middle of the current. Ken and I discussed our plan, and I told him I was scared to let go. What if I didn't make it to the other branch and instead got sucked underneath the trees .. right into a nest of snakes?! I'm not kidding ... this was a really scary situation that I never thought I'd find myself in while tubing the Tickfaw.
Ken said he'd go first so I could watch what he did. I continued to hold on tight while Ken let go of the branch and quickly made it to safety. Whew, he survived! Okay, it was now my turn ... it was my turn! I didn't wanna let go, so I quietly counted to ten and then let go of the branch. I barely escaped death (so it seemed to me) and made it safely next to Ken. We took a few minutes to catch our breath and then caught up with our friends that we were waiting for us. Hand us a beer!
This tubing incident occurred about 15 years ago, but I've never forgotten it. For some reason I thought of this day on the Tickfaw recently when thinking about our life lately. It's kind of a good analogy, as well as the quote above. Sometimes in life, you've gotta "let go" or you'll find yourself drowning. That day on the Tickfaw, we had to let go to free ourselves from being sucked under with the current. At this chapter in our lives, we have to "let go" of the routine & our businesses in order to enjoy freedom.
I've written about this before, but I think one of the biggest hurdles in turning a dream into a reality is letting go of the comfort zone. Heck, just like hanging on to that tree branch ... life hasn't been very comfortable anyway. Ken & I get stressed and sometimes we feel that we're going backwards with the boat. We remind ourselves that our life and our dreams are priceless, and we deserve to "let go". We both let go of that tree branch, and it's time to let go again. This time, I'll probably go first.
I saw another quote last week that also rang true ... "Stop worrying about what could go wrong, and start getting excited about what could go right"!
Hasta luego ... until then. Mid-Life Cruising!