Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of taking my young nephews to an indoor playground.
As I watched them run around, I couldn’t help thinking about the parallels between their bravery and what it takes to move in and out of the dating scene when you’re in your mid-thirties.
Eddie, 6, and Dylan, 4, stuck close together while climbing the jungle gym. Dylan, who tends to be the more fearless of the two, had no problem leading Eddie to the top -- but he needed some encouragement himself once they got there.
“I’m scared,” Dylan admitted, hesitant to crawl through a bouncy tube way up high.
After assuring him it was safe and he would be fine, Dylan barreled right through the tube, flying into my arms exuberantly as he exclaimed--
“I did it! I did it!”
His excitement was contagious. I was reminded all over again about the rewards at every age of taking risks, and about two of the playground rules that are equally applicable to dating -- don’t be afraid to try something new and, when in doubt, do it with a buddy.