Quick recap for those who are new to the blog, last month I turned 35 (yup, five years from 40) and I decided that as a way to celebrate me entering into my mid-30's I'm going to do 35 new things. Things that I have either never done but wanted to or things that I have never done out of fear and I will document them in a blog series titled 35 for 35. I truly feel that as I grow The Kismet Life as brand and business that I should also start to grow and live a more destined life. So here's the first blog post for this series!
I lived in Pittsburgh for the majority of my life (except for a short time in California) and if you know anything about Pittsburgh you know that we have the best football team and you know that it get pretty cold in the winter, so it should be no surprise that at any given moment during the winter you can have access to winter sports. Skiing, snowboarding and ice skating are sports that people who love winter enjoy. Here’s the thing, I don’t like winter, even though I was born in December and grew up in Pittsburgh, I despise cold weather, snow is just meh to me and I would rather hibernate and drink tea until Spring comes than go outside and do anything. That’s why I never went ice skating. The thought of skating on cold ice was never appealing to me (although I did like watching on TV), and to be a little honest I would have to say that the fear of falling, breaking a bone or getting my precious little fingers sliced off also kept me from getting on the ice. But, lately when I decided that I was going to do my 35 for 35 Challenge the first thing that I wanted to try was ice skating. I don’t know why, maybe it was the beauty of the ice skating rink that I walk pass everyday as I go to work or maybe it was just me ready to let the fear go but I knew that ice skating was the first thing that I was going to do. My original plan was to go during my birthday weekend but the wait was over an hour and I was not standing over an hour in the cold to skate on ice (there goes that I hate cold weather attitude).
So, I waited until after the holidays and decided to see if the line was a bit shorter and SUCCESS! In fact there was no line at all. It was my chance to lace up and get on the ice and that just what I did.
I was by myself this time so I asked someone to take my picture on the ice to document it and I held on to the wall and went around, It wasn’t hard at all in fact the ice was smooth and it wasn’t event that cold, in my head all I had to do was go around one time and I can say that I did it. In fact, after the first time going around and having to skate behind a rambunctious little boy who thought that it was fun to continuously fall I knew that it was time to leave. The crazy thing is that after I was done and turned in my skates I looked back and longed for more, just a little bit more of the experience or the freeing aspect of letting go of the wall.
So, my lesson learned for my first 35 for 35, is to enjoy the experience and not just the act. As I start to check off more on my list, I want to make sure that I relish the experience in what I’m doing and not just do things to do them, I want to make sure that I “let go of the wall” so that’s exactly what I’m going to do!
In order to live a "kismet" life, we need to let go of the wall. We need to let go of what we are holding on to in fear of falling. Honestly, what’s the worst that can happen? If we fall we get back up and try again and if we don’t fall we keep skating but we never know unless we try.
Thanks for reading and let me know how you like this blog series topic. Also, sharing is caring so how about you? Are there any walls that you need to let go of? What are your plans to do so?