If you go into the hills of North Georgia you will see many rivers where people go inner-tubing or rafting. The two are much different. Inner-tubing is usually floating down a lazy river with no cares in the world. Rafting on the other hand is more like a sport. You get on the fast-paced part of the larger rivers with fast-paced rapids and navigate down them. Usually you have a professional guide to take your group of 6-8 people down the course. It can be quite challenging.
I have taking many groups rafting through the years. Below are a few lessons I have learned. I believe they could also be considered life-lessons.
1- Not all RIVERS are the same. In Georgia, what one person calls a creek another may call a river. One is a slow-moving stream of water with various points becoming more treacherous than others. Some rivers are filled with boulders and fast-moving water headed toward a water-fall. All of our lives are different and the phases of our lives are different. See your life as unique.
2- Not all RAPIDS are the same. I have been down a few different rivers on rafting trips. Most rapids in North Georgia are classified in the 3-5 category. They all have names like “Devil’s elbow”, “Jigsaw corner”, and “Mother-in-laws kiss” (OK, I made that last one up, but you get the picture). In life you need to be aware how to navigate through your particular rapids. Don’t let the circumstances scare you but at the same time, take them seriously.
3- Not all GUIDES are the same.
- Some want to take you where they have never been. Once, I took a group and we had college-age girl, who weighed about 80 lbs, trying to guide our boat. During a particular rapid, she screamed and jumped down into the boat, leaving us to fend for ourselves. You need a guide in life that will help you through the hard
- Some can’t take you where you need to go. If you plan to navigate a Class 5 rapid you need someone who has “been there, done that”. Surround yourself with someone with the confidence and ability to be there for you, but also with the experience to guide you through it.
- Some want to take you where you are not ready to go. Just because the guide has been there, it doesn’t mean you need to go there. The older I get, the less adventurous I become. You may need someone to help you admit that the path you are one is not designed for you.
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