#1: I learned that Instagram-perfect beach hair does not apply to all humans equally.
"I'll just be cool and walk barefoot in the hotel room," I said to myself.
I learned that I couldn't handle it.
#3: I learned that I was the only person at the Texas State Aquarium terrified of touching a stingray. Even the smallest children laughed at my terrified screams. But I did pet a stingray - eventually, and with my husband helping hold my hand down in the water - and it was sheer awesomeness.