Last weekend I not only let my hair down but I slid down a 50 foot inflatable water slide at midnight with several of my crazy-fun and fearless friends who are in the same boat; married, kids and in desperate need of cutting loose.
And that’s exactly what we did. It was a ‘Summer Party’ given for the pure and simple purpose of getting together to have some fun. The afternoon pool party started with the kids having their way with a colossal (and I mean gigantic, huge, monumental!) 50 foot Slip-N-Slide, while the grownups feasted on homemade gourmet pizzas passing, scratch margaritas flowing and dance tunes playing, we watched the kids having the time of their lives. It was a lovely day.
Then, long after the sun had set and guests started to leave. Well, it was just one of those magical moments when someone says “lets do it!” The next thing you know, us grownups we’re stripped down to our skivvies, running maniacally through muddy grass, grappling our way up a slippery ladder and launching ourselves down the Slip-N-Slide, laughing hysterically in the pitch dark . The kids watching all us moms and dads, horrified. The grownups, complete with water wedgies and wet flung hair over our faces, were having the time of their lives. Water up our noses, laughing so hard we could barely breathe – just when everyone thought the party was over and time to go home. It was the best way to end the day.
The next time your spirit moves you to do something crazy, fun or wild – do it! Let yourself get carried away and caught up in a moment that’s just too good to pass up. Life is short. Living it with gusto and enthusiasm feeds that vitality, spirit and lust for life that we all need to keep going.
If you find yourself in the ‘routine’ doldrums, it’s time to break out and set yourself free. Doing something unexpected, spontaneous and exciting will ignite your inner fire once again and bring the thrill of living back in your veins.
As my dad used to say, “a day can be just another day or you can make it into something great, either way a day will go by”. His advice has helped me to take control of my life and not let life live me.
So go ahead, live large, cut yourself loose, and most of all, don’t worry about what anyone thinks.
When was the last time you set yourself free?
XO ~ L