Saturday, July 31, 2010

Live like a kid again

When I awoke this morning I was feeling relatively good. A little tired, but good nonetheless. As the day progressed, a headache would not leave me alone and I began to feel weak, tired and irritable so I retired to my bed to rest. In the middle of resting I did a little work and watched some movies on my laptop.

A few minutes ago I was on my way into the kitchen to get a drink of water and I heard the beginnings of a storm. The thunder boomed as the sky became dark and rain started to sprinkle. For some reason, at that moment I decided to go and get the mail. I could beat the rain, I thought.

When I glanced out of the weekend I could see the pavement in the driveway getting damp. I heard the patter of rain on the leaves and the wind picked up a little bit. The cool rain hit my skin and I began to trot a little. Against my will, a giggle escaped my throat. Just thinking about it makes me laugh. I started to run a little ‘cause the rain was coming down faster, but I had a big grin on my face.

image I giggled, skipped and rain back to the house as I began to get wet. It was so exhilarating. I can’t remember the last time I played in the rain. In fact, most of my adult life I have lamented my hate of the rain and how it gets on my glasses, it’s cold and inconvenient.

Today, as I did something totally against my nature, I experienced a moment of pure, unabashed joy – just like a child at play – it’s a moment I think we should all take for ourselves more often.

As I sit here on the bed and watch the rain beat down on the leaves of the tree outside of my window, I’m looking forward to my next chance to experience life like a child. It is truly a magical and freeing moment.

What are you going to do to put a little childhood joy back into your life?