The weather is confused. Friday we had an unexpected surprise. A winter thunderstorm arrived in Minnesota. Normally this time of year, we get lots of snow and the bone-chilling temperatures of winter are a tired fact of life. Yet Friday morning as the sky turned taciturn gray, I heard the undeniable boom of thunder and then the sky opened up and it poured.
Perhaps this unusual weather was symbolic of how my life has been. Hectic. Temperamental and a little out of sorts. As I type, I am on an airplane heading south to Nicaragua where I’ll have a change of seasons for a week. I will leave the cold, wet, gray weather of late winter in Minnesota behind to the burning heat and sun of Nicaragua.
I will be jumping out of my comfort zone by experiencing an all women’s learn to surf camp called Chicabrava. I have never surfed in my life and am a little apprehensive about swimming in the ocean. I even woke up one night in a dead sweat after having a nightmare that involved being surrounded by sharks. I know it is silly of me to be worried about encountering JAWS in the water but I sometimes tend to be a worry wart about the unknown. Sure I’m an adventurous soul who has traveled to volunteer alone in countries I’ve never been to, has climbed up high mountains not knowing if I’ll reach the top or attempted to ski down a double black ledge all while avoiding the rocks. But I’ve never tried surfing.
It should be an experience that I’m sure to never forget, and it is good timing for me to take a break and refresh my mind. Life can get stressful and complicated which is why sometimes you’ve just got to take the plunge and go for it.
I probably will be pretty quiet here on my blog for the next week since I will be quite busy. But rest assured, I will have plenty of wonderful stories to share (along with some major aches and pains) when I return. Sometimes it is fun to go off the grid like travel used to be before smartphones and wi-fi.
Wish me luck. I hope I catch a wave!