Before I started blogging about my adventurous traveling spirit, I was enjoying a lot of first-time adventures at home. While laying on the couch (my favorite activity), I would complain (maybe whine) that I had nothing to do. One day, I woke up and said “Nat, you live in South Florida. There are several things that you can do in your own backyard.” I think we take for granted that you don’t necessarily need to get on a plane to have adventures and/or experience. They can be right around the corner
Almost two years ago, a friend invited me to go skiing. I was so excited and thankful for the invitation because I never been skiing. It would be my first time. I spent weeks looking for ski clothes. The right outfit will give you the confidence on the slopes. I found great deals at Peter Glenn. (Would you believe we have a ski shop in South Florida?). I was ski ready Well, on the first day on the slope, I spent more time falling than staying upright. I gave up after a 10-year-old had to help me get up. This December, I am going to try skiing again in the Swiss Alps, hopefully, I will be successful.
However, on the second day, I went tubing. Now this was an activity I can do. I had so much fun. I even won the gold medal for tubing.
My next first adventure was kayaking. Initially, I had a hard time figuring out the paddle for going forward. I had no problem going backward. Go figure ? The good news is that I did not land in the water and I had a great workout.
Oh, how I remember the first day I went snorkeling. I even purchased a brand new swimwear. Ladies, strapless is not a good idea.
I was petrified. I started to question myself such as do I even know how to swim? Just know that my courage and confidence showed up and I was able to enjoy the experience
Several years ago, I had a work assignment in Carson City, NV and I saw they had paddleboard yoga class. If I am not mistaken, I started practicing Bikram that year. I inquired and went to my first session.
Once again, I was fearful. What happens if I fell off the board? A good friend reminded me to stand up, it is only 3 feet deep. I laughed. I only fell off twice because the instructor wanted me to do a routine on my left side.
After the paddleboard yoga in the pool, I decided that I was brave enough to try in the Intracoastal of Fort Lauderdale. I even took off my life jacket.
Fear is a state mind and first-time adventures last a lifetime.
All of my first times taught me to push through and continue, you may fall or fail, but if you never try, you would not have the experience or adventure. I hope you enjoyed my first times.