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for the first time, silly

 

this doesn’t have to be big.  in this modern world we can get our minds so far into the distance trying to conjure up something grand, something amazing, that we miss the simple, small wonders of the every day.  and i’ve realized that the sillier they are…the better.  i don’t know about you, but this is entirely contrary to my nature.  i tend to be a rut person.  i eat the same thing every day, i do the same things every day in the same or similar way.  i’m comfortable there…in the routine, and i’m certainly not silly.  oh how i have wished so many times i could be silly!  that i could just kick back and throw my insecurity to the wind…  but when i’m tempted to be silly my serious nature takes over and stuffs that silly back down into it’s place so i don’t look…well, silly.

this weekend i was in seattle catching up with an old friend i haven’t seen in over a decade.  after a long day of shopping, eating and catching up we stopped for a drink at a really cool, fun new spot downtown.  as we walked home she wanted to go for a run.  i said, “whhaat?  after cocktails?!”  i’ve run literally thousands of miles on these feet but not a single one on vodka fuel!  but what the heck?!  we ran the steeper-than-steep hills of downtown seattle, the night lit with the twinkly-lights of christmas.  the crisp cool air in contrast to our warm bodies, glimpses of snowflakes whirling in the glow of the twinkly lights, zig-zaging around shoppers and restaurant-goers in the buzz of a city that comes alive after dark.  sharing confidences, stories never told, for the first time.

we linked arms and walked the block back to our hotel and i jokingly said, “when was the last time you did something for the first time?  TONIGHT!”  i will never forget the image of her throwing her head back, looking up to the stars and laughing to the sky.  a true, real, deep, meaningful, unforgettable laugh.  freedom in a moment.  freedom in the simple joy of doing something fun, spontaneous, silly and new.

i don’t know about you but i often take myself way too seriously.  i get caught up in all my to-dos that i fail to make time for the new.  so i’m on a mission to add more new to my routine.  do something for the first time more often.  to be more silly & less serious.  to care far less what others think and more what feels free…and FUN!  i’ve got one life.  one chance.  only one to do this well.  and i’ve got boys to lead to a life of freedom, joy, openness to experience and fun.  and silly.  i definitely think we need a lot more silly in this world.

so here’s my first attempt at going public with some silly…courtesy of my 4-year old son’s wicked camera skills.

 

so how about you?  when was the last time you did something for the first time?  when was the last time you dove headfirst into silly and celebrated the simple precious moments of the now without thought to what others might think?  i challenge you to do something for the first time this week!  come back and share it with us…inspire us with your silly!  throw your head back and laugh to the sky.  live in this moment, this day, this time.  i don’t know much, but i know that that is real.  that is true.  that is free.  and that is good.  that is very, very good.

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  • Kimberly December 3, 2012, 5:17 pm

    Thank you for a fun weekend, Tammy. I loved sharing my silliness with you and am surprised and honored that our running adventure inspired you to write. You are beautiful inside and out, and I’m thrilled that our friendship has stood the test of time. Hmm…perhaps next time we’ll go streaking. 😉

  • Annie December 3, 2012, 9:11 pm

    How many more times am I gonna say this…FAVORITE post yet!!! For me personally, best advice to date. Seriously. It’s like you wrote this about me! 😉 This is one of the reasons my kids are such a blessing. They are teaching me to be silly much more than I am comfortable with. And the best part…when I’m silly at their urging or even to their surprise the joy in their little faces is the best reminder in the world to be silly as much as possible. For them, I would do anything. And silly, though it doesn’t come naturally, is one of those things I’m trying to get better at. For them…to see their mommy as not all rules and routines. For me..to see my babies look at me with such uninhibited delight. Why wouldn’t I want to do more of that? Thanks for the reminder!!

    • Tammy January 22, 2013, 3:29 pm

      i need the frequent reminder too! 🙂

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