As a child, every bath is an under water adventure. Every pine tree is a potential fort. Every mud puddle a new discovery. We find excitement in the every day. We relish in the little things. Why?
I think part of the reason is that all things are new to us. When you reach the age of 50, you’ve taken over 18,000 baths or showers (assuming you are fastidious about your hygiene). At some point, there are no more grand discoveries below the bubbles. But, is that really true? Aren’t there always sea monsters lurking below the deep? I propose there are just as many undiscovered treasures today as there were when we were three. We simply stopped looking.
Our lives become regular acts of function. Our activities, if they don’t serve a purpose are assigned to the column of “wasted time” or “foolish endeavors”.
Look at a 4-year-old as she walk down the sidewalk. Do they simply put one foot in front of the other? Do they see this mode of transportation as nothing more than a means to take them from Point A to Point B? NO! They hop. They skip. They wander from one side of the pavement. They intentionally splash the mud puddle. They walk on the grass instead of the path laid out by grown ups. It isn’t just a walk…It is a grand adventure.
When is the last time you watched your neighbor get their paper from the mailbox? Did they hop to the curb, twirl around twice and reach into the box with a flourish? Of course not. They are too old for that kind of foolishness.
Some of the happiest people I know are children because they see life as an adventure. They go through each day with energy and pizazz. And we could learn something from them. Where we see yards that need mowed, they see a jungle that holds dangerous lions and exciting discoveries. Where we see walks that need shoveled, they see a winter wonderland of fun and magic. They look beyond the mundane and see the new and exciting.
I propose that we live this day to its fullest. Today we strut with our heads held high, instead of walking with the weight of the world on our shoulders. Today we sing our favorite song loudly and slightly off key when we are in the bath, instead of mindlessly performing our routine of wash, rinse, repeat. Today we wear clothes that are garish and bright and do not match because we like them and for no other reason.
If this is too much for you, start small. Wear miss-matched socks. Swing by GoodWill and find the ugliest tie you can buy for $1.99. Wear your tennis shoes with your suit. Sprint to the car and then hop up and down until your are out of breath. Eat your toast…up-side-down! (I know, whacky, right?)
Life is an Adventure. Unfortunately, too many of us have stopped living it that way. Instead of a great mountain climber, we’ve become an old retired Sherpa. Instead of a deep see explorer, we’ve hung up our fins and snorkel. It’s time to come out of retirement, if for no more than one day. It’s time to get the gear down from the closet. It’s time to make life grand again: One hop, skip and jump at a time.