Life Lessons from Climbing a Waterfall

I am going to take you back in time with this post.  It is easy to call back to the warm Jamaican sun and amazing time we had on our honeymoon in Ocho Rios.  Prior to our wedding when we shared that we were headed to Ocho Rios, people would state, “You need to go to the Dunn’s River Falls!”  One wise person, told me to purchase water shoes for the Falls.  I didn’t think anything of it.  Flash forward to the honeymoon, as I stood on the beach at the base of the waterfall, I remember thinking,

Wait. We are actually CLIMBING the waterfall?!

Then, I immediately threw fear aside.  I didn’t know the next opportunity I would have to say I climbed a waterfall.  There was also some romantic notion of us saying we climbed a waterfall on our honeymoon.  So we joined hands and we began to climb.

I didn’t realize it at the time, there were many life lessons in this feat, especially those tied to marriage.  At a little over 2 and a half years later, there have been ups and downs, but we have gotten through them together.  I truly believe life was preparing us for those moments as we scaled the waterfall, basked in wedded bliss.

Situation:
Chuck can’t swim. Even though we were never going over our head there were times he was very nervous.
Lesson:
There may be times when one of you has a skill that the other doesn’t possess.  Be sure to put your faith and trust in the other to guide you through the task at hand.

Situation:
As we began to climb the waterfall they told us to take hands with the others in the group for support.
Lesson:
Always walk through life, with that support by your side.  They will either be there to catch you when you falter or you two will crash together.

Situation: 
Sometimes, quite literally you feel like you are over your head.
Lesson: 
Take a deep breath and push through, everything will be alright.

Situation: 
Sometimes you feel like you are climbing a mountain (or waterfall).
Lesson:
Carefully place tiny steps, one in front of the other.  You will get to the destination – eventually.

Situation:
Even though the climate was hot, the water was cold.  It was nice to be in water than a pool and it felt very refreshing.
Lesson:
Life can be as refreshing as the cool water, but it can also be cold and have quite a sting.  Embrace it all.  It is life and for the most part beautiful.

Situation:
With waterfalls comes rocky terrain.
Lesson:
There will be times the water is choppy, or the rocks are slippery, or you feel you may get swept away.  In these instance, hold on tight to the other person.  Their support will guide you through.

Situation:
With waterfalls comes rapid waters.
Lesson 2:
Sometimes you just have to go with the flow, rather than fight it, but make sure you are smiling doing so.

Situation:
You are literally in a rain forest and surround by Nature’s beauty.
Lesson:
Don’t forget to stop and just take in the beauty that surrounds you.  To often we rush to meet the end goal and miss beautiful moments along the way.

Situation:
At the base of the waterfall it didn’t look as intimidating, however as you climbed you saw that it was much larger.  At one point I looked back and saw immense beauty and was surprised at how far we climbed.
Lesson:
It is okay to look back and reflect, but don’t do this too long.  There are fun adventures lying ahead.
Lesson 2:
When you reach that peak or destination, reflect on the experience and be revel in the experience together.

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Think about the times in your life were you went out of your comfort zone.  What lessons did you learn along the way?

Comments (10)

  1. Joanna

    I absolutely love this! There is always something that we can learn out of the experiences life throws us:) the waterfall looks amazing too!

  2. DearCreatives (@DearCreatives)

    I’ve hike quite a few falls in Yosemite and local canyons. It’s always such a treat to make it to the top. Only one had a pond where you could swim others were too full and dangerous. Looks so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

  3. Jeannine (Post author)

    Thanks Joanna! If you ever have the chance to go, I highly recommend it. It is pure beauty. It is a bit much to get too but so worth it.

  4. Jeannine (Post author)

    That is awesome! We have a few in New Hampshire we can trek too but so different from a tropical environment. I love the picture of us at the top. We are such goons but it did feel like a huge accomplishment.

  5. Alyssa

    This is great. I think I need to print off these lessons and hang them to see as a constant reminder.

  6. Jeannine (Post author)

    I love this Alyssa! It makes me good knowing others can use these life lesson reminders too!

  7. Linkouture

    This sounds like it was quite the experience! Love that you were able to apply it to general life lessons.

  8. Samantha

    This was such a great post. I love how you applied climbing the waterfall to marriage. Truly beautiful!

  9. Jeannine (Post author)

    It was so beautiful Bev! Chuck and I aren’t the adventurous type at all so it was nice to do something out of our comfort zone.

  10. Jeannine (Post author)

    I am glad you enjoyed it Samantha! Thank you for the sweet comments!

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