“My only requirement for life is that I don’t get stuck in a rut.” – Malin Ackerman
It was time for a break:
- No blogging.
- No city traffic.
- No hustling 5 people out the door by 7am.
Time to reset.
Time to BREAK AWAY.
We had an opportunity to take a vacation.
I booked our family’s first flight together.
Traveling with 3 young kids is no joke.
But it was time to roll the dice.
Time to create some memories.
The anticipation of a BIG event is sometimes better than the event itself.
Not this time.
“Best week of my life.” – our 8 year old said on the plane ride home.
BIG words from a little one.
- We snorkeled over coral reefs.
- Hiked in a rainforest.
- Kayaked to an island where one of our kids’ favorite movies was filmed.
All accomplished while keeping a non-stop 3 year old entertained.
This family vacation taught me 3 life lessons:
When you have an opportunity to create a memory, seize it.
Memories just don’t happen.
They must be created.
Family vacations take:
All 3 can easily be allocated elsewhere in your life.
A new car or dining room set will NOT create the memories that walk with you through the rest of your life.
Creating special moments with your family will.
Shared experiences bond people together.
Hiking over a narrow bridge 100 feet above a valley (while carrying your chatty 3 year old) bonds a family together.
There’s a special closeness that forms when you experience uncommon situations together.
The more experiences shared, the closer the bond.
Sometimes you have to dive in head first.
There was a moment when I came face to face with a childhood fear.
I never fully conquered my phobia of swimming in the ocean.
Double that fear when snorkeling.
Watching Jaws a dozen times as a child probably did not help.
I have no problem jumping on the jiu jitsu mat with a 25 year old looking to choke me unconscious.
But putting on snorkel gear has me focusing on my breathing.
This trip brought me face to face with a snorkel swim that checked every box on my phobia checklist.
It was time to PUNCH fear in the face.
My 8 year old son and I put on our snorkel gear.
We looked down over a coral reef.
Getting caught in a rut is AVERAGE.
Diving into life head first feels REMARKABLE.
– Joe Ciccarone
(This post was originally published April 2015 on http://www.JoeCiccarone.com)