In life we have to take the opportunities that come along. We must make the best of the moments that are given to us, take chances and enjoy what comes our way. Some people shy away from new experiences and chances, maybe out of fear. They stay on the shore where it is safe and known, never venturing out or willing to broaden their horizons. TO me, that is a waste of life. When we stop learning and experiencing new things, we stop growing, And when we stop growing, our spirit, our spark, dies out.
So when a friend asked if I would keep her company on a short cruise to the Bahamas she was taking with her daughters – who where teenagers and would be doing their own thing – I yes Yes. And it was great.
It had been about six years since the last time I was in the Bahamas, snorkeling in Bimini. That is also the time I got my worst sunburn ever, and it was worth it.
I flew out Early Thursday morning to meet my friend and her daughters in Florida where we boarded the ship. Several years ago I went on a barefoot cruise, which was a small luxury catamaran with 5 guest cabins, but this was the first time I had been on a cruise ship. It was pretty fabulous. There were little umbrella drinks, hammocks on the top deck a little bit of tanning (I actually have tan lines, Which is huge), there was relaxing on the balcony of our wonderful terrace cabin (a great upgrade) and some beautiful sunsets. There were pictures and shopping and looking at cool things, there was laughter and smiles and fresh salty air. There was the beach, god food, and lots of fun.
There was singing Adele at the top of our lungs on the drive back, a gas station corn dog, some great shots with the shot glasses included, some great conversations and great memories.
And I am forever grateful to my friend to invited me along on her adventure. Inviting me to meet and spend time with those two wonderful young adults. Thankful for the trip and the experiences and most of all, thankful for all of the love.
So take those chances and see what happens. I promise you will have some smiles along the way. And maybe even some good stories.