Last weekend I saw lots of rainbows. My daughter’s passion is photography so every year on her birthday she picks a theme and goes whole hog. Sunday was our annual photo shoot to celebrate the day she was born, because, after all, it was an auspicious occasion! Luckily, I have a super creative daughter whose fertile mind takes me places I never would have found on my own. Places like my own backyard… in a kiddie pool… on pink floaties.
This business of being a grownup is pretty serious stuff, but it can suck the life right out of you if you’re not careful. You’d think that having fun would come naturally. After all, we all started out doing it. But all those “have to’s” start accumulating as soon as you leave home, and you can end up taking your life — and yourself — much too seriously. I’m guilty sometimes of, unknowingly, turning my life into some kind of a business instead of something to be savored. I really really don’t want to end up a grumpy old lady, shaking my head at those “youngsters” and their irresponsible ways. Ha.
Watching my daughter and her friend play like they were 12 was a great reminder to lighten up. Now all I need is a definite plan to keep the ball rolling, like scheduling regular fun dates on the calendar to make sure it happens. There are lots of things I want to do, but talk is cheap. Mostly, I just say in my mind, “I’d really like to do that.” But then my brain jumps back to my mental list within the hour.
Happy to report that change is afoot… Yesterday I took myself to a matinee and got lost in special effects.