Update on Goals/What I want
Saturday, August 04, 2012
In a recently blog post, I listed when I wanted to be healthy and in so doing, I also listed some things I wanted out of life. I thought I should occasionally share how I am at least trying to work towards some of those goals.
I had said that biking was a part of my way of exploring new areas and getting a bit more confidence perhaps in being somewhere new. I biked this week to where my music lessons are and then towards Bluemound Road, a road that has a lot of major shopping centers, but I only barely am willing to drive on it, because there are stores on both sides of the road and cars behave abnormally. This happens especially at Christmas time. IE *gasp* There is my store, I have to get over, right now, who cares if I have no idea if anyone is in that lane, etc. I have to get over! I can't miss my turn! Whatever would I do! But I did bike near Bluemound and see how I could bike to it if I wanted to, then biked to where I found how to join up again with the New Berlin Bike Trail and took that back home.
Also on Thursday, my son and I went canoeing. We have gone before, but always with my hubby who has some canoeing experience from boyscouts. My thought was what was the worst that could happen? I guess flipping the canoe and loosing it. The company you rent from would have to go out after it, but that is rather unlikely, as the river in town is very shallow. IE you flip the canoe, and stand up after you panic, and you are in chest deep water. Grab the canoe and head for the bank, flip it over and get back in and paddle back to the rental spot. The worst, of course, did not happen. Mainly, my son and I didn't last 40 minutes, as my son was in front and he seemed to tire quickly. And my attempt at steering was, um, shall we say, left a lot to be desired. I get the point that in canoeing you do some zigzagging, but we pushed off branches hanging near the bank, the bridge we went under, etc. The water was filled with green algae too and there are places where your oar/paddle touches bottom. IE it is very shallow water and there are random islands and even some trash that seems to be an island of its own.
I still hope that over time, trying new things, and challenging myself a bit, I can gain confidence that I will feel more capable of traveling alone, etc. I will have more confidence in general, but I seem to have a long way to go.