“The most dangerous thing you could ever do is play it safe”
As the years go by, I’ve started to notice my fears start to grow stronger. I’m not sure if it’s because I have just been more aware of what’s going on in the world around me or if it just comes with age. Whatever it is, it kind of sucks!
3 years ago, I travelled to Mexico for the first time with Ty. While doing a bit of research, we found an eco tour which would bring us out to Islas Marieta National Park, an island with a hidden beach that I had found while flipping through Pinterest. At the time, I just marvelled at the thought that places like this exist but I probably would never ever get to go there. It looks too surreal! It’s likely fake. When the time came for us to hop off that boat, I had overheard one of our crew members yell that there were humpback whales in the distance not far from our boat. All of a sudden I remembered that one time we were on a family vacation in Thailand and I chickened out when the opportunity came for me to swim with lots of tropical fish on our island tour. I have nightmares of being in the water with fish. Something about being in their territory and them being totally better swimmers than I just triggered this panic in me. Not only did we have to hop in the water with who knows what was under there, we had to swim through a cave to get to the hidden beach. A cave!? As everyone got their gear together, the window of opportunity started to shrink and I had to make a decision. I came all this way! What’s the worst that could happen!? I jumped into the water, swam as fast as I could and didn’t look back!
Ever since I faced that fear, my drive to do more has grown. It has helped me to grow as a person and to learn how to better connect with others. Our vacations have now become less about hotels, drinking & pools and more about culture, health & adventure.