In Search For An Exciting Escape
We live in world that can become monotonous, robotic, routinely boring, even constricting and lifeless. We maybe alive physically, but deep inside, we feel dull, lost, tired, depressed, just missing that inner fire and drive that motivates us to pursue challenges and goals. When these moments arise, we need to find ways to bring back the spark that was once burning in our hearts. We need to find our exciting escape.
Each one of us have our own ways of escaping life’s pressures and troubles. Each one of us have our own unique way of finding and expressing excitement. A trip to the beach, a shopping spree, a road trip with friends and family, a vacation to thrilling places, a fun travel and discovery, an adventure to a nature park where land and sea creates the most dazzling spectacle, an uplifting spiritual journey of the soul, finding love or renewing a love that once inspired us to reach for the moon and the stars. These are but a few of the many exciting escape within our grasp.
So many reasons to find excitement. So many possibilities to bring back that wonderful, euphoric feeling. So many roads that will lead us back to our happy, optimistic and lively self. So many ways to feel truly “alive.”
Today, I share with you some of the events in my life that brought me and my family excitement. They were our escape from a world that can sometimes inflict pain that only time and forgiveness can heal. It is our way to escape, even for a short time from the sad miseries and suffocating trials of life. An escape that we hope will bring back the smile and joy in a heart that is truly contented and at peace with itself.
Where Our Escape Led Us
The pyramids by the bay. From walking close to the tree tops of the rain forest to watching the amazing penguins swim under water to the adrenaline rush of being close to the sharks, Moody Gardens in Galveston Island is a place where adventure and great memories begins.
The tummy tumbling rides at Kemah Boardwalk. The older I get, the more sensitive I become when it comes to heights. Even the Ferris Wheel becomes a nerve wrecking experience. My son thinks it funny when he keeps moving around, changing seats and moving closer to the door. I could feel my pounding heartbeat in my chest.
The heart attack provoking coaster ride at Six Flags in San Antonio, Texas. Perhaps I was insane, but for the sake of being able to say, “I did it!” I ventured into the scary roller coaster that made me scream as the ride dropped down to an almost 90 degrees, then it turned upside down. The rest was a cloudy haze.
The ancient cable car of Aquarena Springs. I couldn’t describe it totally but it felt like I had a glimpse of the past as we walked under these huge steel pillars surrounded by giant palm trees. The only thing missing was a dinosaur to create a Texan Jurassic Park. Unfortunately, the cable car no longer works and we can’t use it as our escape vehicle if indeed there was a hungry T-Rex nearby.
The man who first walked the moon at NASA in Houston. We may have sadly lost the man who first stepped on the moon, but his legacy and dreams will live in all of us. Every child I saw that day looked so thrilled discovering the planets, the universe and the amazing world of space travel. Hope is not lost and so is the dream that one day, a man or a woman with a dream will make a new giant leap for all mankind.
Close encounters with the baby alligators at Brazos Bend. One of the most exciting experience that me and my son had. I was freaking out quietly as I touched the gator’s leathery skin, then it just looked at me with its glassy eyes. I wasn’t sure if it was scared of us or it was trying to scare us. It kept still as we stroked its back and tail.
Fun times with the Sun, surf and sand of Galveston Island.
Some friends think I’m crazy when me and my family swim at the beach in Galveston. They think it’s dirty. Perhaps they are right but I don’t really care just like the hundreds of people who goes there everyday. The beach is one of my exciting escape. It holds a lot of great memories for me. When I’m near one I am most happy and my 6-year old feels exactly the same. If I’m to live in fear and be bothered by what others say, then I’m not embracing the free spirit of the island traveler. And what is life without freedom to do what makes us complete, right?
The exciting catch and surprises at Pier 61.
One of the most fun and exciting activity that me and my family did was fishing by the pier. It was our first salt water fishing which adds more to the excitement. We were so happy that day. When my days turn grey, I look back and reflect on moments like these and before I know it, I’m happy again.
The fascinating and wonderful world of dolphins. There are no words to describe the feeling of touching and feeding a dolphin. It’s just one pure happy moment. We would laugh and jump when a dolphin comes close to feed. Then when they truly enjoyed the treat, they would jump out of the water. Magical! I just wish they were in the ocean where they can be totally free.
The home that I used to know.
There is no exciting place for me than my home in the islands. I can travel the world, call other foreign places my new home but I will never forget the place where I had the most beautiful childhood. A home surrounded by palm trees, blue waters, sunny laughter and selfless love that never ends. On our way back to the U.S. after an amazing tropical Summer, my son told his cousins, “I want to live here in the Philippines but I don’t know how to speak the language.” When I heard it from my nephew, I can’t help but smile. I was happy to know that he had an amazing time and experienced for himself the priceless gift of having a big family with a big heart.
Thank you once again for sharing your day with me. May this post inspire you to embrace and see the beautiful images around you. May you capture these images not only with your camera but with your heart.
Excitement is knowing everyday, a new wonderful surprise will happen. Today, these blogger friends will bring you a beautiful, fun and enriching surprise. Their love for life and their families shines brightly with each post.
Helen of Knittinggalore
Anne and Ron of Freedomborn
Patricia of Life Of A Minister Mom
April of Bob’s Wife
For those who wish to join in this week’s challenge, here’s a link and the widget. Have a great time making wonderful memories.
All images taken from an iPhone 4 camera using Camera + App. My friends, have fun discovering and creating the most beautiful images everyday. They are a part of the unforgettable memories you make in this lifetime.