Instructions for Living Life~
Tell about it
So many things make me toes-up-in-the-air happy.
The scent of lilacs
A pop-up thunderstorm
Spools of Nutscene twine
Red rust patches on an old tin roof
Good wine and great friends
The slant of moonbeams and Orion’s Belt in a clear sky
Baby ducks, baby plants, and pictures of my babies
When bread rises, the home team wins, and a seeing-eye single scores two
I wish my brain could snap photographs and upload them to Instagram for safe keeping. A click to capture the moment with a mind’s-eye shutter speed at Mach 10 to confiscate every nuance, expression, and word.
I appreciate many things, but nothing makes me happier than Tanna’s spontaneous laugh or Dane’s knock-you-stem-winding smile.
A couple of weeks ago, our son talked us into advancing him the dollars owed for summer mowing. He had a Zumiez longboard in his sights and wouldn’t let the discussion die. My default mama thoughts hurdled to head injuries, collisions with cars, and road rash. Visions of extracting gravel out of cavernous wounds delivered a resounding “NO” to the tips of my lips and the urge to bubble-wrap my kids quadrupled. Fortunately, the wiser and less neurotic partner in this marriage stepped in said “Why not?”
I hovered and helicoptered and engineered until Dane did what he knew would shut me up for good. He invited me to go with him and added, “You can spot me and take pictures.”
He knows me so well.
As I watched him maneuver the board with confidence and fearlessness, my heart cherished the opportunity to learn from my son.
Life Lessons Learned on the Deck of a Longboard
- Don’t be afraid to try new things: Life is meant to be treasured and experienced. Be curious, be aware, do what scares you and make it count!
- It’s okay to make mistakes and look silly: Being perfect is tedious. What adventure is there in getting it right the first time?
- Go outside! Nothing beats the blues or boredom like a beautiful skies and back roads.
- Sometimes you have to slow down to go fast: Why do we always assume that faster is better? Chillax, bro!
- Do things that make you smile from ear lobes to eyeballs: I hope that you have people in your life who make you grin from the inside-out. Do the same for them.
- It’s not a weakness to ask for help or advice: We are such a social, yet stubborn, species. Why do we think we have to do everything ourselves?
- Goofing off is good for you: Wholehearted and happy adults play. It’s science, folks. Read about it here.
- Life is full of uphill and downhill treks: Sometimes you coast and sometimes you climb. One is not better than the other – it’s all part of the trip.
- If you’re afraid of a journey, don’t buy shoes: Do Vans ever go out of style?
In case you hadn’t noticed, I trend more toward Mad Hatter than trained mental health professional. Despite the crazy, I’m astute enough to know that one of my best characteristics is the ability to rejoice in everyday gifts and then spread that message.
As we head into Easter weekend where Spring shells out evidence of new life; treasure that which makes you smile from ear lobes to eyeballs. Then, snap on your helmet, hop on the deck and go for it!
*Special thanks to my kiddo for providing the technical support, video consultation, and photography oversight/approval.