My hubby is kind of my hero right at this moment. I mean, he does little heroic things for me all the time and can be quite the Prince Charming! But there is a very specific incident from today that has me admiring him quite a bit.
We are both in our mid-40’s – he is nine months older than I am . . . but I digress! At this stage in life, it’s easy to settle into a rut. A routine! Settle into a routine. Not a rut. Because ruts are boring and . . . where was I?! Oh yeah. My “stage in life.”
Let’s be honest, the older we get the harder it is to motivate ourselves to try new things. We don’t want to look foolish. When you are young and try a new hobby, people excuse the foolishness because you are young. Being young and foolish is acceptable. Being middle-aged and foolish?! Not so much.
In high school my hubby was a year-round athlete. I was a performing arts geek. Apart from a few months of piano lessons as a kid, he never dabbled in the performance realm and I ran exactly one year of track and was over the sports thing for good.
But today hubby did something that I never – and I mean NEVER EVER – thought he would do. He tried out for a play. Yes, you read that right. He went down to the local community theater and auditioned! The Hawkeye Community Theater is doing “A Few Good Men” in June and hubby LOVES that movie so he thought it might be fun to give this acting thing a shot.
There is still one more night of auditions yet so the cast list is still a few days out. But I could NOT be prouder of any human being than I am of him. Talk about taking a step outside your comfort zone!
Now, in all fairness, he was all but committed to audition but just couldn’t seem to pull the trigger for some reason. I asked him why he thought he might be hesitating. It basically came down to “I’ve never done this before” thing so I made him a deal – if he would take a deep breath and try something new . . . so would I.
For years he has tried to convince me to learn to golf. He loves to golf and would LOVE for us to be able to do it together. The sweet thing is he actually thinks I am capable of learning! I’m afraid I’m going to hurt someone but that’s an issue for another time. I promised him that if he would take a chance and step outside his comfort zone then I would to. He auditioned which means he gets to teach me (or TRY to teach me) how to golf.
Regardless of what caused that final push, the fact that he even considered stepping into something new, something that was a bit of a leap outside his comfort zone, is one of most heroic, admirable things I think I’ve ever seen anyone do! And he’s all mine!