8.03.2009

The First of August

Over the weekend I turned another year older and I did something scary (that is besides aging). Eleanor Roosevelt made me do it. My friend Tara shared a quote from First Lady Roosevelt earlier this summer that has been rolling around my mind ever since : "Do one thing every day that scares you."

So last Saturday I donned neoprene from head to toe and went snorkeling in the ocean. Do you know there are great white sharks in the Pacific Ocean? Do you know that I'm ridiculously scared of sharks? Yes, I'm one of those people who love to watch Shark Week and read books about great whites, and hate the idea of setting foot in their territory. But I did it, and I'm glad I did. It was nothing like I thought it would be, and I wasn't scared at all once I got in. The view under water has changed my view above.

north coast haiku

I owe a huge THANK YOU to my brother-in-law Mark for such a wonderful birthday gift.

Now I can't wait to do something else that scares me.

33 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to YOU!
    what a great challenge; you seem to be full of those! how fun for you!

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  2. After spending a day at Pt. Reyes, and observing Tomales (where the sharks rule), I'm amazed you would swim in their water! What a brave thing you've become- aging slowly and enjoying life at the same time... STOP getting older, cause it makes me older too!
    See you tommorrow as we exchange your innocent child into a raging "tween" at the concert!
    Love
    Dad

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  3. Happy, Happy Birthday! What an amazing way to celebrate your life... facing your fears, one at a time... day by day. I know those waters... you brave, brave woman!

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  4. Happy Happy Birthday Molly!! Good for you for facing a fear head on and in the process learning so much through it!

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  5. Good for you! And Happy Birthday! My Dad always said he didn't mind getting older--it was better than the alternative!

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  6. you sly gal you! i wondered where you were hiding. happy birthday to you and i am so happy for you.
    beautiful haiku and story.
    i too love and fear sharks and have a ton of books about them with max.
    sherry

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  7. Molly, sounds like you had yourself the best birthday experience. What a rush! And what a beautiful place to explore and see life from a different perspective. You'll never forget it!

    Happy Happy Birthday!

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  8. Love the picture - I want to get to the coast soon! I'm glad you enjoyed your days away. Happy Day!

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  9. how awesome! happy birthday and what a great quote to live by!

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  10. Happy birthday!! What, no pictures of you in the suit?

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  11. Happy Birthday!!

    I love that quote and apply it to my life regularly, although nothing too extreme like sharks :/

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  12. Isn't it crazy how doing that something that scares you makes you feel so alive? It makes you want to scream in terror and scream in excitement at the same time.

    That is me on any given mountain peak.. wanting to scream, and wanting to throw my arms out and yell "I did it!"

    Way to go with swimming with sharks and Happy Birthday too.

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  13. Happy Birthday! Sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate. I love the idea of doing something that scares you...I need to take lessons from my kids (and you!). May this year be filled with more daring adventures and new perspectives.

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  14. Happy belated birthday and good on you for trying something scary. My challenge was white water kayaking. And while I don't do it anymore, I am very glad that I gave it a go and conquered a fear. It feels good. Love your blog!

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  15. Ooh Molly, it was your birthday!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you! Good of you to face fears... brrr, swimming in sharkterritory!

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  16. Oooh Molly, I didn't know ! HAPPY (not too belated I hope) birthday to you, my dear !!
    Your photo and haiku are out of this world, woohoo !! :) Many hugs xoxoxo

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  17. Happy belated birthday! Wow, you are brave, I too share a fear of sharks and won't even dip a toe in the ocean - I blame "Jaws"! Well done.

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  18. your dad comments on your blog. how cool is that?

    you are awesome for swimming with the sharks! Have you ever watched "Whale Wars" on Animal Planet? For some reason, I like that show. Even better when watching with my son : )

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  19. A very happy belated birthday to you!

    May you have a full year of new adventures.

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  20. Best belated birthday wishes to you! The neoprene would have been enough to scare me...

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  21. Sounds wonderful! That is a great quote.

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  22. I to am terrified of sharks, but I hate Shark Week. I rush to the TV to change the channel if it accidently comes on. You are very brave! Congrats and Happy Birthday.

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  23. Happy Birthday Miss Molly! What a way to kick off the year! Many, many wishes for many, many more adventures.
    C

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  24. good for you! and happy happy birthday!

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  25. Your bro and I tried calling you, but you must have been under the ocean and couldn't hear us. Happy Birthday!

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  26. I am so impressed!! Happy birthday.

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  27. Oh... Happy! Happy Birthday!!
    Great fun you went out in shark waters... On google earth you can track a few... Love watching them off the Cali coast!

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  28. Oh, Happy Birthday to you Molly!!!

    It's fun to see all the Leo mamas around the blogosphere... (my b-day was Sunday, and today is our wedding anniversary :-)

    What a special day you had...and I love that quote from Eleanor Roosevelt (as well as so many of her others :-)

    Can't wait to see what's next on your list!!

    Cheers!
    ~Michelle

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  29. Happy Birthday , and that is just awesome.

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  30. Your blog is super beautiful and inspirational! Thank you for sharing such touching corners of your life.

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  31. Oh happiest of birthdays to you Molly...a few days late! Hooray for being brave! Sounds awesome. I love the inspiring quote!

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  32. Yay for you Molly...and happy belated birthday!

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