"I didn't know that I was starving til I tasted you. Don't need no butterflies when you give me the whole damn zoo."
The quote at the beginning is from a Hailee Seinfeld song that makes me think about how much I appreciate John and all the adventures and lessons he brings to my life. I used to get excited about when I would get butterflies in my stomach, now I can't even begin to comprehend how I feel when I as though there is a zoo of excitement inside me every day. The part that talks about being starving, well that just reminds me that I had no idea what I was missing until I met him.
I recently went to a few theme parks with John, his daughter Daria, and his Dad (also named John) who was visiting from Arizona. I hadn't been to a theme park in quite some time. It's not really my 'thing' as everything there is so absolutely fake. But nonetheless, I still had a great time because if I've realized anything in life, it's that memories aren't necessarily all about what and where as much as it is about who you're with. We don't get to spend a lot with Daria so it was great to see her and spend some quality time. We brought the GoPro with us and tried to take lots of video footage so we could make a cool video to document the trip for Daria. I think she had a lot of fun with it too because it was basically a movie about her having fun.
I was so glad to see that she wasn't afraid to dance to the music when we were listening to a live band. I was glad to see her spin and twirl in front of a statue of Beauty and the Beast. When I was her age I was definitely too concerned with what other people thought of me and never really let myself have too much fun. My parents always told me when we were on vacation that 'we would never see these people again, so it didn't matter if I made a fool of myself or not.' I'm not sure if Daria got that confidence from her Dad instilling it in her, or if it's just her nature, but I am glad she has found confidence and security at such a young age, for her own sake.
So we explored around Epcot the first day and then Universal's Islands of Adventure the second day. I had never been to Epcot before so that was a great experience and I was excited to see some of the educational 'rides' that really made you use your mind to think about things and how they've come to be and how people have helped create the world we know today. Daria also enjoyed many of the educational rides as she is naturally a bookworm. When we went on a ride in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Daria met a boy along the way running through the line that was wearing a similar wizard's cape and discovered they were both members of Gryffindor. They enjoyed getting to talk to each other about their common interests and commiserated over being the 'nerds' at school. Neither of them was too apologetic about it though and embraced their interests in books without shame.
I love it when kids recognize the value of their opinions and interests despite what others think of them. I always learn a lot when I able to watch kids at play, the innocence is something that cannot be matched by adults. The younger, the more innocent and more genuine people seem to be. As we grow up we seem to get jaded by the world around us and start to lose touch not only with ourselves but with who want to become.
I'm not sure this has much to do with theme parks and our trip, but mostly when I write I like to think. The video here will do a good job of actually showing what we did on the mini adventure, but the thoughts and realizations that follow after an excursion are what really make me pursue them. It's only when we get out of our comfort zone that we realize who we are and how much more there is to learn.