My husband throttled and my tongue plunged in the direction of my stomach.
We raced toward the first big wave, and lake spray splattered across our faces. I beat his shoulder while desperately shouting in his ear, “Slow down I’m scared.”
He chuckled and upped the kilometers on our SeaDoo.
It didn’t take long for the echoes of my screams to turn into echoes of laughter. While we bounced across the water like delighted children, I got a picture in my head. Pursuing a meaningful life looks a lot like chasing ripples on the water.
If we don’t venture past our fears, we’ll never catch our dreams. Here’s a list of life lessons I can relate to riding a SeaDoo.
1. The first start is the scariest. After that, courage builds into excitement.
2. Keep your eyes peeled for obstacles in front and behind for a safer ride.
3. Hold on tight to the driver. Trust him to navigate, and lean with him for a smoother journey.
4. Since birth, we all struggle with a fear of falling. If you do tip, the only way to survive is to hold your breath and climb back up.
5. The more you panic and wiggle, the greater your chance of losing control.
6. When someone else is driving, they may take you places you can’t see at first, places you don’t think you want to go, but places you ultimately fall in love with.
7. Evaluate conditions. Sometimes slowing down means more danger. Increasing speed can vault you over incoming waves so you don’t get swamped.
8. Watch out and exercise respectful etiquette — Other people are often on the same track.
9. Pay attention to warning alarms, they’re geared to protect.
10. If you’re almost out of gas, start praying, and watch for a service station.
11. Once you get comfortable, venture into new territory and heighten your energy.
12. Explore and take note of all the interesting sights along the way.
13. Remember, many would appreciate the chance you have, so plunge in with gusto, take the risk, embrace the adventure, and celebrate the ride.
From what unexpected places have you learned life lessons?
Proverbs 24:32 (NIV)
I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.
She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.