And my theme for 2017 is……

I don’t always have a theme for the year, but when I do, it’s awesome.

So last month, December 26th to be exact, I was paddle boarding in the Gulf of Mexico on a 4-mile round-trip excursion. It wasn’t exactly dangerous per se, although it was in the ocean and it was rough and there are sharks typically lurking nearby.

I’m also trying to sound really cool right now. Did it work? Anyway, I absolutely love being out on the paddle board, especially in the ocean simply for the mystery of what’s underneath me. For example, I saw all this just the day before:

Paddle boarding doesn’t scare me. I’ll do it as much as I can. But this theme I’ll be using all year came to me when I thought about what I was doing. Paddle boarding in windy, blustery conditions with a current going against me, and at any second having the possibility of falling into the ocean. I thought to myself, “Try everything.”

It may sound corny or too ambitious or too vague, but I don’t mind that because this year I want to do all the things I love, and then remember to “try everything” even when something comes up that scares me. That’s the plan!

So far I’ve used it twice. Being somewhat of a loner, I went to a New Year’s Eve party where I only knew a few people. The next day I went out to lunch after church instead of going home. So that one time going out to eat after church already surpasses how many times I did that last year after church.

Adventure. Growth. Daring.

Try Everything.

-Out of the Wilderness

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 11-year-old beagle and a 9-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, dog boarding, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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