What do you do for fun?
It’s a question that has stumped me for quite some time – not because I don’t have fun in daily life, but because there is very little I do that is just for me, that falls in to the ‘passion’ category.
I’ve worn the ‘mother’ title (proudly) for the last 14 years and I wouldn’t change it, but over the past few years, as my small people have settled firmly into their personalities and the activities that they love – those that make them uniquely them, I’ve realized I’ve lost a bit of that. (Or too much of it.)
Delaney is a strong willed teen – she doesn’t love math, but is a dynamite writer and reads like it is her job. Like her little brother, she is a fabulous athlete – putting her attention into softball and basketball.
As their mom – a tried and true ‘non-athlete’, I’ve spent the past years building a business I love and sitting on the sidelines watching them play. And I love it. My heart grows another size every time I’m gifted the opportunity to witness them doing something they love.
My husband’s great passion is also found on the field. His great loves include the St. Louis Cardinals and, more importantly, coaching our small people. He’s been doing it since they were itty bitty. He dedicates HOURS every week to their teams, the organization, the planning, the administrative and (his favorite) the time on the field. And when there is some spare time, he plays in a league on his own.
But, what about me?
I don’t play an instrument. I can’t sing. (Seriously, you’d have a hard time recognizing Happy Birthday if I was singing it.) My athletic ability comes in at a hard zero.
But surely, I love SOMETHING, right? I do. The beach. The ocean. Being on the water.
However, over the past few years, I’ve been listening to my passion calling. On vacation or near the water, I feel a different settling in my soul. I feel a peace on and near the ocean I simply can’t explain. But it takes guts to finally decide to go for something you have long wanted – something that requires you to feel ‘selfish’ since it is just for you.
But, I’m doing it.
I took the very first steps in that direction last summer, getting my keel boat certification.
But now – for the BIG step.
By this time next year, I will be able to charter a catamaran anywhere in the world. My chest tightens and my heart races at the very thought. I know it is not going to be easy. It will be intense. My brain swirls with a ‘what if I fail?’ mantra. Will I be able to remember everything I need to know? And will I be able to do it with an audience of people I have never before met?
I’m ballsy enough to try. Wish me luck.
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