That’s me on the right, paddle boarding on Lake Michigan on Friday.
I headed to the beach right after my plane landed, and it’s a good thing, because Saturday and Sunday were too hot to shlep over there (and one of my friends who did go on Sunday had to turn around because of e. coli, gross). I always wanted to try paddle boarding, but never got around to it until this past weekend (there were a few paddle boards at the lake we went to a couple weeks ago, but with the kids in tow, it didn’t feel practical to sneak off long enough to give them a whirl). Back when I used to live in Chicago, which was almost nine years ago now (!), they didn’t have the cool stuff they offer at the beaches now (margaritas! kayaks! paddle boards! I never would have left!); in fact, I don’t think it was until my last summer trip there, which was two years ago, that I saw all this stuff, and on that trip I was too nervous to try paddle boarding even though I really wanted to.
These days, I’m not scared of nothin’, and so I plopped down thirty bucks and got a paddle board for an hour, and I loved it! I even fell off the board once and it was no big deal. Well, it was kind of awkward climbing back on the board with my life jacket in the way, but I managed and it was funny and fun and added a workout to an otherwise pretty easy outdoorsy activity. (Yes, easy! And my core strength is for shit, so if I could easily coast along for an hour with only one fall off the board, I imagine those of you with actual abs would find it a pleasant aquatic meditation. They should call it that! Acquatic Meditation.)
So, now that’s two new things I’ve tried this summer: paddle boarding and wearing shorts (hadn’t worn real, actual shorts my entire adult life until this summer). It’s amazing what trying something new — especially something that kind of scares you a little — can do for you. I feel energized and empowered. What crazy thing should I try next? What have you tried? What do you still hope to try before the summer is over?