Wednesday, 29 July 2015

We went on an adventure


On Monday, my friend Brianne and I stepped outside our comfort zones. We both had been talking about going zip lining for a while, but always said we would do it on the infamous "one day". 
"One day" is a magical place, where everything is going to happen: People will organize their houses, start their dream jobs, go on diets, start a serious exercise regime -  and go zip lining. 
You all know this mystical "one day" - we all have stuff saved up for that legendary day in a distant future.

Well, we decided that our "one day" would happen on July 27, 2015 - and boy, oh boy, are we happy we did. 

It probably seems like a small thing to do. Zip lining is very popular, impressively safe, and you need little to no skills to go on a tour.     
But to us, it wasn't small. 
Brianne has been on an incredibly inspiring, hugely impressive journey over the last 1.5 years.
Starting at the beginning of 2014, she decided to turn her life around and embark on a healthier, more active lifestyle. She changed her diet and started working out regularly, and has shed almost 100 pounds to date. 
I can't put into words how proud I am of her. Everybody who has ever embarked on a similar journey knows how hard and awe-inspiring this is!

So to us, this trip was a celebration. A celebration of how far she has come, how much fun a more active life is, and how awesome it is to face your fears!
Because here is the other thing: heights scare me. I've always hated that about myself, because flying/climbing/mountains strongly appeal to me. This fear is something I will probably always try to fight against, but never be able to truly overcome.
Those moments though, when you do something despite the fear? They are incredible.     
They will make you feel exhilarated and invincible. You will feel more alive than usual, full of appreciation for life's beauty and all the possibilities that are out there!
I strongly recommend that you go out and do something that scares you.
The reward will be so worth it! 
Go on - what are you waiting for?
Do it. 






Monday, 27 July 2015

Gratitude

I turned my face towards the sun, eyes closed, breathing in deeply. After the morning's heavy rain, the air was fresh and clean and smelled intoxicating. A light breeze blew gently across my face, tousling my hair softly.
Opening my eyes and looking around me, at the dogs, the gaggle of geese making their way noisily to the pond, and the blue sky above, I was filled with gratitude.

I sleepily sat down in front of my computer, a cup of hot coffee by my side, opening my emails. There it was, nestled amongst the usual junk: A reader comment. One that was so uplifting, genuine, positive and encouraging, a huge happy grin spread across my face, and I had to blink tears of joy away. Berit, thank you for that.

A Saturday spent playing games with friends. So unlike me, yet so much fun. Trying new things pays off more often than not.

A Sunday morning spent in bed with two dogs, drinking coffee and reading till noon.

A tight hug, brilliant blue eyes looking at me, the love in them so obvious, so precious. A whispered "I love you so much."

Being struck by an idea that sends a jolt of energy through me, filling me with excitement and the feeling of truly being alive.

Off to an adventure today with a close friend, facing fears and chasing the adrenaline rush.

Yesterday I was struck by a thought: "This is my happily ever after." And a feeling of deep gratitude filled me. For this life I have, full of love, possibilities, dreams and happiness.
Sure, it has its share of problems and annoyances, like every life.

But it is the life I always wanted.

The overwhelming feeling I have is one of possibility: Of being able to do whatever I want. Is there a better feeling in the world? I doubt it.
Now I'm asking you: What is it that you want? What makes you happy? Excited? Bursting with gratitude?
Go for it. Remember, all limitations can be overcome. Most limits are made by ourselves, as a result of fear and a lack of imagination.  
You can do this!

I'm rooting for you.






Saturday, 25 July 2015

What nobody tells you about puppies

Puppies.
If you are like me, joyful images will flood your mind upon hearing the word "puppy": Of happy, lively, adorable and cuddly little furballs, eager to love us with every fibre of their being.
  
You may think that they are cute:
Just look at those ears! Batgirl, only cuter.
You may think that they are the sweetest creatures on earth:
Puppy hug 
You may think that they are playful: 
Dancing dogs
Obviously, you are right. 

But also wrong.

There is another side to puppies: The wild side in them. They descended from wolves after all! They are wild beasts.

After patiently watching our puppy for ages*, I was fortunate enough to see her show her wild side:
The predator. 

*About 5 minutes.
Spying her prey in the distance.
She lies down in anticipation, waiting for her prey to get closer.
"Come, sweet collie, come here!"
Suddenly, she pounces!
Nina is on the attack.
She tries to tackle her prey. 
Unsuccessfully. 
But she doesn't give up. 
Suddenly, Phoebe lies down.
(Playing with a puppy is hard work.)
Is there another chance to tackle her...?
Nope. Phoebe is boss.
Sleepy time.

Never underestimate the wild side in any of us.
Happy weekend my friends!