Time to share more pics from Thailand! We've taken a bit of a reprieve as we've been catching up with family time here in Hawaii. Now, I am ready to keep sharing from our last trip.⠀
This photo was taken at the "Grand Canyon" in Chiang Mai. Did you know Chiang Mai even had a grand canyon? We didn't either! Turns out it's a super fun water park, too. The park is split in half and obviously we chose the less expensive side to explore. No bouncy water toys on this half and a lot more of the natural beauty to enjoy <3 Turned out to be a winning adventure day in our books.
They say that life is not about how many times you fall but about how many times you rise up.⠀
Semi-embarrassing story confession: Stephen and I totally biffed it on our moped scooter 🙈🙈🙈. It was a shocking and frustrating outcome for the day. Neither of us have a ton of experience on motorized bikes so we took precautions to drive slowly and we thought carefully about renting one only in a low-traffic, rural area. Alas, a small jungle road on an incline with some dry leaves led to our spill 🍂🛵😩. (Yes, we were fine, just a little scraped and bruised and, yes, we wore helmets 😉).⠀
After the accident we could've chosen to just walk or hire a driver from then on but, the truth is, we didn't. We took a day thinking about the fine line between perseverance and stupidity, and decided to give it another go. We refuse to be defined or limited by what scares us. Yes, driving on a scooter again was a little terrifying but I sincerely believe that to grow we have to push ourselves outside of our comfort zones. In this case, we decided we could do that safely.⠀
That's a good analogy for the physical world but I genuinely believe that for our internal/emotional world, too. To grow, to change, and to mature we must confront those uncomfortable areas of our lives. The areas that we tend to ignore and silently hush and avoid addressing. The areas that we refuse to bring to the light because they might reveal how imperfect we actually are. But I think we limit ourselves too much by continually hiding those areas. To grow we have to confront the scary stuff-- jump back on the bike even though we could crash again.