I swear I lived

Hanauma Bay, you complete me.
Hanauma Bay, you complete me.

In Hawaii, my friends and I talked a lot about the awesome things we’ve done in our lives. #YOYO. James went shark diving and didn’t let Navani and me forget that we didn’t. We, however, made friends with a pair of turtles on the beach while James was out in the deep blue sea.

So we posed for a honu selfie.
So we posed for a honu selfie.

I know I don’t care for having my breathing obstructed. Wearing masks, even scarves covering my mouth and nose make me uncomfortable, so I didn’t want to snorkel. But then we looked out Hanauma Bay, home to an amazing reef. When I saw it from the cliff, I knew I wanted in that water. We found some snorkeling gear in the shed and went to the beach. I tried it, but as predicted I hated it. My breathing was panicky, I started flailing around in the water and banged up my knees on the reef and crashing into fellow snorkelers. I was certain I was going to step on one of the pretty yellow fish and kill it, so I got Candace Nelson’s ass out of the water and let Navani effortlessly follow fish around the reef on her own. Even though it gave me anxiety, I was glad I didn’t let fear stop me from having an experience. I saw some cool fish and reef before I got out of the water.

But the trip got me thinking about the cool things I have done in my life. They’re not death-defying adventures, but they’re accomplishments I’m proud of nonetheless

1. Went parasailing on the French Riviera.

2. Went away to Western Washington University for college.

3. Drove across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Golden Gate Bridge
In case you didn’t know what it looked like.

4. Summited mountains, like Mount Ellinor.
5. Biked Copenhagen.
Copenhagen is for bikers

6. Paddleboarded with seals in Seattle.

7. Moved to New York by myself.

8. Went bobsledding.

I'm not Canadian. Just a fan.
I’m not Canadian. Just a fan.

9. Knit two blankets.

10. Wrote articles thousands of people have read.

I have a dozens of unplanned life stories that I make me smile (now): Interviewing at a bodybuilding magazine, high-fiving Stephen Colbert, getting pulled over at gunpoint in Mexico, getting three restraining orders issued (to protect me, not against me), eating cupcakes with Tara until our bellies hurt. Life offers many chances to curl up or rise up. I hope for the rest of my life, I don’t fear taking the pain and owning every second. But maybe I’ll go easy on the cupcakes next time.What are the top 10 moments in your life? Please share!

This is my theme song of the moment.

Published by Candace

I’m a journalist, nutritionist, doting auntie, one-time bobsledder, and wannabe health nut (who loves chocolate and pizza too much to fully commit). I don't want you to think my life is perfect. It's not.

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