I have sat back for too long, worrying about how I look and not living life and having fun. I’ve used every excuse – hiding behind the tried and true excuse of “someone has to take the photos”. Of course, knowing all along that I can still take photos while participating in life. Since I did my knee, I have not been able to exercise like I wanted to – no more tennis, even long walks became difficult – it was much easier to just give up. It’s over 3 years since I last swam at the beach – only venturing into a friends pool just once in that 3 years period seemed like torture. 2013 is going to be the year I leap back into life, enjoying time with my children, getting into the water with them (on very hot days) instead of sitting and sweltering on the beach in my long skirts and baggy tops. Daniel and Lauren are teenagers now, 16 and 14 years old – I need to get in and have fun with them while I can, so that the fun can continue as they get older and start living their own lives.
First step to the year was having a go at lawn bowls. Then when the hot weather hit in January – out came my bathers (I really do need a new pair), and into the water I went. I swam over the channel at the Inlet to get to the sand bar with Daniel & Lauren – hey I can still do it, even if I’m a bit slower – I threw the ball around while in the water, until my arm felt like it was going to fall off – I jumped over and dived under the waves at the surf beach – I floated around in the sea, and felt totally invigorated. I could do all of this and still take photos. When I’d had enough of the water I could sit on the beach and read my book (Daniel & Lauren can swim all day). I swam more in January 2013 than I had swum in probably the last 5 plus years combined! The best thing about all of this was, that apart from the fact that I was actually having fun and laughing, that Daniel & Lauren had even more fun and loved having me join in with them – that’s got to be the most rewarding part. ….. and who knows … with this increase in activity and living life, everything else could just fall into place.
Content used: Blueprint: Chicks (Retired), Untamed Digital Kit, Military Digital Kit, Destinations Digital Embellishments, Downtown Digital Kit, Nativity Digital Additions, Willow Digital Alpha Set, Reminisce Digital Embellishments, PS I Love You Digital Kit, Best Buds Digital Kit Overlay, Fonts: Route 3, Silent Hunter III Font. (I love the Tags feature when looking from Frames, Overlays, Brads and Tags – makes using items from all sorts of different kits so easy!)