I don't know quite how this happened, but apparently, I raised my daughter to be a total thrill seeker.
As much as I thought that I was adventurous?
Yeah, not so much.
My daughter puts me to shame.
We went to Universal Orlando's Island's of Adventure last week and she rode practically every ride in the park!
The first thing Angeline and her cousin did when we arrived Saturday morning was run to The Hulk Roller Coaster ride.
Want to know what I did?
I ate a Cinnabon and took photos of baby ducklings.
I may or may not have fed the ducklings a bit of my Cinnabon...
Shhhh, don't tell anyone!
When we went to Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom the following day, my thrill-seeking daughter and her cousin rode Expedition Everest not once...but twice.
I was actually lucky enough to catch them as they came barreling down the mountain!
As I sat and waited for them to come back from one of their rides, I was texting with my friend about Angeline's adventurous spirit. I told her that I didn't understand where she could possibly have gotten this from, seeing as how I am terrified to ride roller coasters.
She reminded me that I am always the first one to try a new dish at a restaurant - even if it looks disgusting and smells foul. She reminded me of that time back in 2006 when I started a social group on Meetup.com because I wanted to make some new friends, and the time we stayed at the hostel in NYC...
I guess I am pretty fearless - just in a different way.
Our kids are watching us, even when we don't think that we are doing anything important. All of those little risks; trying new foods, making new friends, exploring new travel destinations: they show our children that we aren't afraid to try new things.
As we know, children learn by example. They see their parents doing things and they gain the courage to do things themselves. When we make bold, confident decisions, our children learn to be bold and confident.
What kind of example do you want to set for your children?