“My wife and I coordinated with my dad and his family to go on a weeklong cruise to Central America out of California. It was an absolute blast and I’ve been jonesing for another cruise ever since.
There was a unique experience I had when we got off in Puerto Vallarta for a day trip that taught me an interesting lesson in the importance of quitting. We took a ferry to a more private part of the beach where they had shops, restaurants and a bunch of activities set up to do there. My wife and I decided it would be fun to give paddleboarding a try as we’d never done it before. My wife hopped up on her board and immediately started paddling around and having a good time.
Yet every time I tried to get on the paddleboard I would immediately be dumped off. I would get on, the board would wobble, and I’d end up in the water. I think the longest I was on the board was about six seconds. I fell off over and over again, getting in other people’s way, getting swept ashore by the waves, and the whole time my wife and people on shore were shouting tips and words of encouragement. I was getting incredibly frustrated, tired, and a little embarrassed, to the point I was getting angry with myself for not being able to figure it out.
But then I realized that I was letting one little activity I was struggling with ruin my entire experience there, so instead of sticking to my stubbornness and ego, I gave up. I went ashore, switched the paddleboard for a kayak and had a lot of fun chasing my wife around in a kayak.
That experience in Puerto Vallarta taught me that while you should never give up on important things in life, sometimes letting the little things go for the bigger picture is one of the best things you can do.”