I feel terrific! I’m full of energy and enthusiastic about my life and the possibilities that lie ahead. As I decided just about a month ago, I’ve been challenging myself to do something new everyday, even if it’s as simple as taking a different route to work, or ordering something new on the menu. And I am having a ball! I’ve been trying so many new things that I feel like a new person.
The first thing I did, in fact, the day I wrote my last post, was take an impromptu trip to the snow, all by myself. It was beautiful, the sun was shining, there were just a few white clouds breaking up the blue sky, creating the perfect balance with the freshly powered mountainside and pine trees. I had to pull over and take a few pictures. I was feeling so great about making the trip; then I decided to find a place to have lunch.
I missed an exit that looked like it had some restaurants, so I kept driving, thinking “I’ll just get off at the next exit”. But then there was no next exit, or at least not for what felt like a VERY long time. I was driving on Hwy 50, and within 30 seconds of passing a snowplow, the highway switched from four lanes down to a two lane windy road (one lane in each direction) and a slushy snow started to build up on the road. At this point I am white-knuckling it just hoping to find a place to turn around, and soon.
Finally I came upon an exit. There weren’t any restaurants, but there was a cool looking snow park with families sledding down the hill and building snowmen. For a minute I got excited and thought about stopping and playing in the snow myself, perhaps making a snow angel. A big grin appeared on my face at the thought of it, but then I noticed a lot of snow in the parking area, so I decided not to chance it since I did not have four-wheel drive or chains. I just turned around and drove back to the exit where I had seen some businesses.
After another few minutes of careful driving I exited the highway and noticed a Mexican restaurant located in the back section of a shopping center. As I drove in what appeared to be a plowed parking lot, I soon discovered that not to be the case. And it seemed the further I drove the deeper the snow became. Granted it was only a couple of inches, but then I noticed that the parking lot was not flat. I couldn’t find a parking space anywhere and in order to get out, I had to follow the path around and up a hill. I knew exactly what was going to happen next. And let me tell you, it was pretty hilarious when my car got stuck in the snow just as I turned the corner in front of the restaurant. I had one moment when I thought “Oh my, am I going to have to call my road service company to tow me out of this mess?” I stepped out of my car to check out the situation and I noticed a couple of men standing near by, watching me. At first they gave me a suggestion on how I should turn my wheels this way or that way, to get better traction; but I said, “Oh I tried that, it’s not working.” So they walked over, along with a third gentleman who also noticed my dilemma, and the three of them pushed my car as I drove out of the snowy rut with a big smile on my face, waving and thanking them for their chivalry. (No, the lesson is not lost on me, I should have stopped and played at the snow park like I WANTED to.)
Every week since I’ve done something that pushes my limits a little, and I’ll tell you what, I’m really starting to feel like I can do anything. Okay, not anything. I’m still not going to jump out of an airplane. I have no desire to do that. But I’m not NOT going to do something that I WANT to do, just because I’m a little fearful about it. (I will, however, plan better, i.e., bring chains the next time I head up to the snow.)
Also because of this, I feel that it’s prompted me to take action on some other things in my life that I have put on the back burner, or have just been avoiding because it would make me uncomfortable if I did take action.
Right now I’m really proud of what I’ve done in less than a month and I plan to keep this momentum going in the new year. I’m excited about the things I will be accomplishing next, because I plan to challenge myself even more. And I know the bigger challenge the greater the reward.
So here’s to living my dream life – because anything less than extraordinary just isn’t worth it!