Do you remember being a kid and playing outside for hours? I have fond memories of riding my bike fast and feeling the wind against my face. I remember playing in the snow until my cheeks were red and my fingers started to shrivel up. I enjoyed building snowmen and tobogganing with my plastic crazy carpet.
I don’t remember at what point I stopped enjoying all the fun things. I don’t remember at what age I let self-confidence and fear overpower my sense of excitement.
I am turning 50 this year and a part of me is determined to let go of the fear and rediscover my self-confidence and sense of FUN.
When I found out a trip to Horseshoe Resort was on the itinerary for the Let’s Go Maple retreat, I was thrilled! I was determined to enjoy all the activities despite the negative voice in my head. I went to the store and bought splash pants, a new hat, and some waterproof gloves. I was all set to conquer the activities planned for us!
Horseshoe Resort is located near Barrie, Ontario. It is a top Ontario ski resort that offers 29 alpine ski and snowboard runs and 45 km of nordic trails. During the winter months, Horseshoe Resort offers many fun activities including snow tubing, fat biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
Being with an amazing group of bloggers made me feel comfortable and excited for the events. It was time to kick fear in the ass and have some fun!
First thing on the agenda was fat biking! Fat biking is riding a bike (with fat tires) on the snow. Sounds fun, right? It is! It’s been years since I was on a bike, so I needed a few minutes to familiarize myself with the gears, brakes and handling a bike on ice and snow. After a few minutes, I was comfortable and started riding my bike! Within minutes, I felt all the fear and anxiety leave my body. I felt the wind hit my face and I was transported back to when I was a child, riding my bike in the wind. I felt free in the woods, ready to take on anything that came my way.
Next up was tubing. I must admit, I was very nervous to go tubing. I don’t know why. Normally, I would be the one standing on the sidelines, watching the others have all the fun. I was determined that I would not be an observer but rather a willing participant.
Here is a video I created of the tubing experience at Horseshoe Resort. You could say that I had some fun!
I must admit, I was terrified when I stood at the top of the hill, getting ready to go down the first time. But I decided to just do it. Everyone else was having fun and I did not want to be disappointed in myself….plus how else was I going to get down 🙂
After I reached the bottom, I could not stop smiling. The experience was a jolt of adrenaline and I could not wait to do it again. As I got off my tube, a young boy came over to me and asked me if I was scared going down the big hill. I said I was scared before I went down the hill but I had so much fun that I was going to do it again! He looked at me and gave me a huge smile. He turned to his dad and said: “Dad, I want to go down the hill.” I watched the young boy and his dad go down the hill and then asked him if he had fun. He looked at me with a huge smile and said yes and he was going to do it again. I felt as excited as that young kid, and it felt good. In fact, I felt like a kid all day and it was amazing. Being a kid is a magical time and as adults, we tend to forget what it feels like to be curious, free of fear and full of adventure. I am so glad that I took video that day as every time I watch the video of the tubing, I am reminded of that feeling and the powerful effect of kicking fear in the ass.