Day 242 in Beijing: Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, Part 2

My favorite of all the pictures.  Jill did an amazing job as the photographer to catch the moment!

My favorite of all the pictures. Jill did an amazing job as the photographer to catch the moment!

Jill and I enjoyed the bird park so much that we ended up taking a lot more pictures than we thought we would.

So, in hopes that my dear readers enjoy birds, and photography, as much as we do, I wrote a second blog post with more pictures.

These are mostly of the enclosed area where the lorries hang out and we were able to pay 2RM (about 70 US cents) to feed them and have them land us.

It was a bit scary at first to have all these birds flying straight at us but after a few seconds, it was just fun and exciting.  Jill was pretty nervous about the birds landing on her and I asked her to try it and just see how it would go (I did it first so she could see it wouldn’t be painful or dangerous) and she loved it.

Something I truly love about Jill is that she is willing to take on things that cause her fear and anxiety and do, as we call it in behavioral therapy, “Exposure therapy” where one exposes themselves to the fearful, or anxiety causing, event and then realizes, very quickly, that the anxiety was just a lie and they can master it.

Jill is incredibly courageous and has yet to turn down an exposure therapy when we travel.  Again, I make sure to do whatever she is afraid of first, and I make sure to do things that terrify me so that I can get over my fears and anxieties since they are not based in evidence or reality.  Swimming with sharks on this trip is a perfectly example of that.  So was skydiving a few years ago.  For almost all of us, we are amazing safe and protected.  We just interpret things incorrectly and get anxious instead of working through them and becoming stronger as we master the event.

As Robert Frost wrote, “The best way out is always through.”

 

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