I have always envied Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Belle “wants adventure in the great wide somewhere.” Just like her, “I want it more than I can tell.” I rushed through college and began working before I graduated. I started building my career. I built a family. I bought a car and a house. I worked hard and got satisfaction from making a difference in the world. I did all of the “normal” things but I started to feel small and smothered.
It has taken a while, but my girls are grown and independent. I have a new Hot Hubby that encourages me. I am ready for the Adventure. And I want to pass it on, so that my girls don’t wait as long as I did to get out there! I think there are only two times in your life when you are really free…in college and in retirement. I missed my chance in college. I don’t want to make the same mistake twice.
I would like to write more, but Belle and I are headed to China to visit Mulan. What’s on your bucket list?
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Are there any rides that you avoid when you go to Disneyland? I have always avoided the Grizzly River Run, because of the water. I saw everyone coming off and they had wet pants and it looked miserable to me. Because of my aversion, it became my kids’ favorite ride. They would get fast passes and wait in line while the fast passes weren’t active. I would watch from a distance and stay dry.
Recently, I took my first trip to Disneyland with my new Hot Hubby. He brings out the best in me and he insisted that we “ride everything”. He said, “We only get one chance to do it for the first time, so let’s do everything.” Everything, included Grizzly River Run. Of course, the line was super long and super hot. I was a worried grump by the time we reached the front of the line.
We boarded our boat and I was in a chair by the “door”. Then the ride began. We swirled and bumped and splashed. We passed a corner and bumped into a rapid and a huge wave of water came through the door and soaked me. We went down rapids and a huge plunge. I laughed, screamed and loved every minute!
Yes, I was soaked, but I dried. It made me realize how much fun I had missed with my kids, by wanting to stay dry. Then expanding it further and seeing how long I had played it safe in my life and missed the adventure. Maybe I am just getting older, but I don’t want to miss another adventure. I want to take the rapids and laugh and scream. I wanna get wet!