On our trip to Florida, I overcame some big fears/phobias of mine and tried something new. I am so happy (and a bit proud of myself) for venturing outside my comfort zone and taking a risk. Because I loved, loved, loved it! What did I do? This chick went on an airboat ride!! To some of you that may seem so tame and stupid to be afraid of, but allow me a minute to list a few fears I had to overcome just to step onto that boat:
#1. I had to walk past him! This is Bubba. He weighs around 1,000 pounds. He was not overly fond of Jaybird. When I walked by him, at first, he was so big and so still, I thought he was fake. Then he growled at me and I almost shizzed my pants.
|Say hello to my "little friend" Bubba!|
So, like any good mother, I made the kids go first.
|Thankfully, my girls inherited zero of my fears.|
#3. Then, I spied this in the swampy water on the way over the bridge:
|Not sure what kind of snake this is, someone riding on the boat with us said it was a water moccasin; |
I don't care what kind it is, I'm not a fan of any kind of snake.
#4. At this point, I was so proud of myself that I made it onto the boat and didn't run away screaming, I thought, nothing is going to stop me now! But then, they gave us the safety speech (like on an airplane) informing us where the life vests are and all about how airboats, are prone to tip! I'm not a very strong swimmer. But I can tell you if that boat tipped, and I fell into that alligator/snake infested swamp water this fat girl would take off faster than Michael damn Phelps for the shore! I had to block all the bad thoughts of capsizing right out of my mind. So I put on my earphones.
|Faith, like the little trooper she is, took one for the team and sat next to this hot mess.|
|Her two sisters and cousin, chose to sit as far away from me as possible.|
Not, that I blame them. Little did they know, whoever sat up front got soaking wet!
|I had no idea how beautiful Florida could be. Seeing this up close was breathtaking.|
And the memories we made on this little excursion: PRICELESS!
|My girls. They are fearless!!|