I am 58, overweight again, and trying to get healthy. I am blogging about weight loss and everyday issues for women. My blog will include ramblings about the daily life of a mother, grandmother, wife and friend. I would love to have you come along for the ride!
I believe bravery is specific to the person. I have done things in my life that others may have thought to be brave. Things that I just considered a part my life. When I was 24, I raised my three older children after my husband died. I chose to stay where we lived instead of going back to family. I had to stand up many times as the head of the household.
I took my children and drove across the country when they were young to take them on vacations. Many people would think that took courage.
What took courage for me was something that some people would consider nothing. When I turned 50 my second husband took our son and I on a cruise for my birthday. My son was 10 years old at the time.
We had a wonderful time on the cruise and one of the stops was in Jamaica. Jamaica is a beautiful country. One of our excursions was to Dunn's River Falls. It is such a beautiful place. People climb Dunn's River Falls.
Well, here is where the courage comes in, I have a fear of water. I never learned to swim as a child. My older brother almost drowned when we were young and my mom kept me and my younger sister away from water from then on. So, when I got to high school age I still had a tremendous fear of water.
As an adult I had taken some swim lessons so that I wasn't terrified anymore. I could get into a pool where I could see the bottom and know where I was. In any other water I wouldn't go past my knees.
Well, when we got to Dunn's River Falls my husband decided that he was staying with our valuables and I was going up the Falls with our son. I wasn't excited about that! I tried to talk him into it and he said, no, that we just wouldn't go then. My son wanted to go. So I decided to do it! I was climbing the Falls.
When you start you line up and hold hands with people to keep from falling. The Falls are pretty slippery and with the water rushing down it makes it a little hard in places to climb. The water came well up past my waist in places. After we got a little ways up people started letting go and going on. I had to lift my son up in a few places because he couldn't make it up.
We made our way up the Falls. I was exhausted when we got to the top. The thing that I wasn't expecting was that I was also ecstatic. I had challenged my fears and won. I was 50 years old and I had done something I never thought I would do.
When I got home a friend told me that her nephew fell and was hurt climbing the Falls and had to be airlifted to Mexico and spent several week in the hospital. I'm certainly glad I didn't know that before I went.
After braving the Falls, when something scared me a little, I remembered climbing the Falls. If I could do that, I could do many things. My husband had chosen to stay down that day because he wanted me to climb the Falls. The pictures that we purchased that day shows me glowing with happiness. I will dig them out and post them someday.
My brave thing may not be brave to you, but it was to me!
1. What book do you never tire of reading? Gone With The Wind. Most books I will read once or twice, but Gone With The Wind I could read many times.
2 What song do you never tire of hearing? I don't have just one. My mother sang hymns as she worked around the house when I was growing up. Those songs take me back to the days when my mom was alive and those are such great memories.
3. What movie do you never tire of watching? This is a newer movie and I have watched it several times and I don't think I will ever tire of it. Midnight in Paris. I love the French scenery in the movie. The movie also goes back into earlier times in Paris, which I just love.
Tell me about your favorite things
Have you shown bravery? Have you ever faced your biggest fear?