About “Our Summer Adventure”
A blogger who mentally can’t pause her social media world. A boy who lives for video games. This is the story of how an absolute miracle brought a mom and her son into a much quieter, simpler world, far far away from their own internet driven world. With no wifi. Will they survive? You’ll soon find out!
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I have a little (big?) fear that’s been holding me back for quite some time. I have to work on how to overcome the fear of getting lost.
This largely has to do with having no idea where places are or even how to get there. It also hasn’t helped that whenever someone drove me somewhere, I never paid attention to the routes. I just enjoyed the ride.
Imagine my sheer fright when a client of mine wanted me to drive deep into Vancover to parts unknown, to do a job. “I’m scared to get lost so I can’t. Have a nice day now!” would not have come off as very professional. I voiced my concern (freakout) to a friend and he wisely offered me the use of his GPS.
I looked at that thing and thought, how on EARTH will that little box keep me safe and sound and out of harm’s way and not taking an 8 hour detour because I made the wrong turn off?!
Well, it worked. I had no idea how I got from point A to point B, but I did it! I was so excited in fact that I called him and squealed, “I’m in their lot, reading their sign and I have NO idea where I am! I’m sooooo excited!”
You can bet I picked up my own GPS right after that grand event. And have never looked back since. I can now get myself to our crazy busy airport (still having no idea where I am) and get to odd work places. And even places I would never have found if I had TRIED to get ‘loster’. GPSs love back alleys. Strange.
Today? I’m heading out to parts unknown yet again, but this time the stakes are much higher. I’m not in my safe zone of our little valley.
This is BIG for me. Imagine this. You’re given a vague direction of where you are to head, but no where in the world is your course mapped. You just have to wing it and trust the signs and GPS. My very own personal version of The Amazing Race.
Trust me. Even I can get lost with a GPS. Remember my little White Rock adventure where the GPS threw me into some residential area and didn’t understand there was a CEMENT BARRIER in front of me with the road continuing beyond it? Took me a good 30 minutes to get out of that mess. Silly thing…
There was a reason we went camping where we did. Don’t get me wrong, there are no regrets! In fact, it was wonderful in so many new ways. The only but is, it was easy. I knew where to go. And we weren’t striking new ground… or growth.
So when Karen handed me the keys to parts unknown, the way it came down, I knew I had to do this. Try wasn’t in the equation the way this all came down. No, this had to be a DO. Because one thing I know is, the more I fear, the more it’ll hold me back.
Karen’s offer gave me a safe destination to strive towards rather than, “Here, take your pick at a town you don’t know with hotels that may be full. Good luck now!”
You can bet I feel nervous about it, but I do know one thing for certain. Doing it will remove the fear factor. Once the system of navigation in this area becomes familiar, the fear will diminish. But it won’t work if I don’t step up to the plate and do it.
Fear is soooo restricting. It can slam doors on you and hold you hostage. I personally am going to punch through this one, and if I get lost, well hey… a new town to go junkin’ in, right?! That’s the spirit, correct?!? As long as it isn’t an 8 hour detour, it’ll be just fine… I guess…
I know it’s up to me to show my son that being adventurous is a great trait. It’s time to figure out how to overcome the fear of getting lost. And I may have to get lost in order to get over it!
Plus, I also know sitting on the side of the road with your hood up, crying could come in handy as a last resort… it’s good day to be a girl…
To be continued. (If I can be found!)
Do you have a personal fear? How did you get over it?