I’m not really one to give into a challenge on regular old stuff. I just don’t really care or get caught up in it. You can’t dare me to jump out of a plane. It’s not really on my top 10 list. You can’t call me a chicken cause I won’t walk across hot coals (my feet have enough issues thank you very much!)
You can get me in one way though. Tell me I can’t do something just because I had a kid. If you want to get more specific, tell me I won’t be able to travel as much or in the same way now that I have a kid or even when I have two. Oh boy. Now you’re asking for it. That’s a challenge I will happily rise up to. I may even drag you along with me.
Not only have we traveled since Dek was born, we have been farther and traveled more as a family in the past year than Mike and I did in the years before a baby showed up. Instead of one trip to Europe as a couple, we made two trips to Asia as a family. I even headed out on one trip to China on my own with Dek while we waited for Mike to join us in Japan. Talk about taking on a dare and running with it as if a pack of hyenas was after me.
Do I have regrets? No. Not one.
Sure I could have planned a few things a little better, but that’s part of the learning process. I was never that great at planning our trips once we hit the ground before Dek came along anyway. Sometimes spontaneity is the best part of the trip. Of course now that Dek has come along we do have a list with one thing per day we would like to do or see. If we hit more, great! If not, no worries.
Was I scared? Of course!
Every time I get on a plane I have a pang of butterflies that grips my stomach. I brought a baby half way around the world for crying out loud. I’m not an idiot. The unknown is always scary. Anything could happen.
The way I look at it though is anything could happen when I hop in my car and go to the market. The world is unpredictable, you just need to choose where you are going to embrace that unpredictability and enjoy it. I choose to enjoy this spontaneous and chaotic world exploring as much of it as possible. Others choose to make the best strudel, run a marathon, read every book in the library or redecorate their room on a monthly basis. To each their own.
What about you? Why aren’t you embracing this crazy thing called life and getting your family out to see the world?
Even if your family just includes you and maybe a dog in the back of the car, pack it up and go explore. Get out of the house! There is a lot of world beyond those four walls you live in. If you take your kid, maybe they will find their own challenge in life and conquer it too.
Go ahead. I dare you.