Bucket list. I imagined I would. Some day. Always wanted to. But never really thought I’d actually go through with it.
I’ve been away on a mini-vacation, a road trip to San Marcus and to San Antonio. Not only did I go, but I went on this excursion with some great gal friends of mine. Overall, it was an exhilarating ride!
I learned a few things on this trip.
I learned that if you put your mind to a thing, you can fulfill a task (if you plan ahead). I learned that schedules don’t always go according to your plans. You may come across a few bumps and potholes along the way, and the winding roads of life may take a bit longer to get to your destination. And I learned that I don’t always do well during these obstacles. (Ahem.)
You see, my expectations may be to do thus and so, and once my mind is made up, I am in a wee bit hurry in getting there. But I also learned that it’s best to stop and smell the roses and make every second count. Because if you don’t, then you’ll regret that you didn’t do better when you easily could have. I learned (and I sometimes forget) to choose my battles and not all hiccups mean the end of the world! I learned that making each moment count are what makes every memory cherished. I learned that as much as I have strengths, I still have weaknesses that need work. Egads! I learned that growing older doesn’t necessarily mean you stop learning. I learned that no matter what, there is always something to be grateful for. And I learn (sort of already knew) that I have the bestest of friends! We love and accept one another–flaws and all–and if feeling down, we lift the other up!
So what did we do, you ask? You mean besides the driving, shopping, dining, visiting my in-laws, and shopping some more?
We went Up, Up and Away in My Beautiful Balloon!
Now those who know me know that I have acrophobia (not to be confused with arachnophobia, which I also happen to be but that’s another topic). Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I have a fear of heights. Or is it a fear of falling? Either way, I tend to get the heebie-jeebies. I discovered I wasn’t the only one among us who was set on facing this fear. And so face it we did; we rose to the occasion. Matter of fact, I was so busy taking photos on my phone, I didn’t have much time to allow that nervousness to take over!
Before take off, once the pilot said to hop in, we (about fifteen total in all) scrambled up inside that basket (with a little assistance from the crew), howbeit somewhat clumsily with one of our legs unable to lower from the ledge of the basket down in our tight space. So much for dignity.
To Deborah, Judy and my new friend, LeAnn: Thanks for the memories. What’s next?
For your enjoyment, here are a few photos of our adventure.
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Your life is like a balloon…if you never let yourself go, you will never know how far you can rise.
15 responses to “Rise to the Occasion”
I’ve repelled off a cliff, hang glided, jumped out of an airplane and the scariest to me was the hot air balloon ride. Glad you were able to enjoy it.
Whoa! You’ve mentioned some things I vowed not to do. Ever! But yeah, it surprised me as well. 🙂
You’re braver than I am. I would have been terrified. 🙂
Hahaha! Don’t know if “brave” is the word. Planning on other small adventures with the girls 😉
I’m impressed! I too have a fear of heights, and have often wondered if I could handle a hot air balloon ride. Glad to know it’s possible!
Judy, if I can, you can! And yes, I was pleasantly surprised 🙂
So glad you had a great time. I have never been up in an air balloon. When you said heebie-jeebies I had to laugh. When I was in the hospital ccu for my heart, the nurse said you have to stay still because I was shaking my legs and all. I told her I coundn’t because I have the heebie-jeebies.She said what is that? I told her and she gave me xanex to calm me down. So happy your getting to go on all these adventures. Now is the time to enjoy.
That’s too funny, Kathy! 😀
Good for YOU! Sounds exhilarating! Fantastic photos. Thank for sharing.
As I’ve matured, I find I’m much more adventurous, don’t you? 🙂
Thanks Tess. I do believe you are correct! At this stage in my life, I feel as though I’m making up for lost time 😉
Or, noting the time in front is a lot shorter than the one behind… ❤ I believe that's my thinking.
You brave chick! A hot air balloon ride is NOT on my bucket list. But I’m so glad you did this. I’ll let you know when I do the top two on my list: whale watching and seeing the northern lights.
Haha! Sometimes you don’t know how “brave” you are until you actually do something! Whale watching – now THAT would be cool, Sandra 🙂
That must have been a lot of fun.
Jacqueline, it was surreal to say the least.