Had a great weekend. I've been having a lot of great weekends. Its partially because of Prof, and partially because I'm tackling the river, and winning. Unlike last year.
I did a day trip to the river that beat me last year. Its the second time I've paddled that section this year; the first time, I was so nervous I nearly threw up before getting in my boat (not an exaggeration). But I survived last time, and even started having some fun, so this time, I wasn't nervous before getting in the water and I think it made all the difference in the world.
I kicked ass on the river. I flipped in the second rapid, but rolled right back up - to cheers from my paddling buddies who were on their way to rescue me. Nope. I didn't need no stinkin' rescue! All that practice this winter and spring finally paid off. The roll shot my confidence through the roof and I really started pushing myself to attempt more difficult maneuvers. Jumping from rock to rock. Surfing "waves" that I knew would flip me over. There is video somewhere and I can't wait to get my hands on it. Hopefully, I can find a way to share.
I was beaming when I came off the river. Truly. I can't believe how far I have come since last year and how comfortable and confident I am on the water. Well, at least that stretch of water.
I often think about how much my new little hobby has helped me through a pretty difficult year emotionally. True, kayaking caused me a bit of physical damage and some hospital bills, but it gave me a reason to focus on me. Gave me a reason to get out of bed on Sunday mornings and be social. Gave me something to work towards. And gave me something new to think about. The whole thing has made me really realize how important it is to challenge yourself to new things. Even when those new things poke your eye out and scare the crap out of you. Kinda like relationships...