I wonder if the greatest part of a new adventure is the thrill of deciding to jump in and get started.  Of course it's scary, but it's also exhilarating!

Your blood is pumping, the adrenaline is high, and everyone is cheering for you!

"You can do it!"

"Go for it!"

You start to think, "I can do this...I'm going for it!"

So with a running leap you dive in head first.  What a rush!  And you start swimming straight toward that other shore.  You swim and swim for what feels like a long way.  But after a quick glance, the other shore is still so far off you can barely see it.  And suddenly it becomes apparent that you are still in the shallow end, not really that far away from the dock.

And the water just got cold.

And is that a shark?

Everyone is still sitting on the dock with sweet encouraging smiles and thumbs up just watching to see how you'll do.  Then it hits you...

What am I doing out here?

What was I thinking?

This is nuts!  I can't do this!

Yeah, new adventures are awesome like that.  But adventures aren't adventures without risks, and challenges, and twists, and turns.  And I was reminded last weekend by the wise Master Oogway that "if you never try anything you can't do, then you will never be anything more than you already are."  Some adventures are all about stepping into something that you really can't do on your own.  This takes time and perseverance and digging in for the long haul.

And so, I guess I'm going to learn long distance swimming.

Annabelle Chinchen