As one gets older, it seems that our ability to take risks or try something new diminishes. I can remember as a little girl, biking gleefully on the sidewalks (no helmet) reveling in the sun on my face or even better, feeling the splash of raindrops on my head as I made no hurry to get inside to prevent getting wet.
Sometimes, my siblings and I hurriedly ran outside in order to jump in puddles or simply chase each other throughout the neighborhood without worrying if the water that pelted us might saturate our clothes or our hair. So what if there were clouds in the sky or thunderous booms above our heads. We didn’t let that stop our ability to enjoy the moment. We stuck our tongues out as far as we could in order to taste the goodness of that minute we were living in. Lapping up laughter and joy like it was our favorite penny candy.
Now, we squint through tiny peepholes afraid of what we might see on the other side of our youth. We scoot up to the familiar old recliners, plop down and then complain about how awful it is to age. Even when our myopic eyes happen to spy others enjoying this time of life, we think them foolish for taking a chance on breaking something or spending money they will need later. Some of us are afraid to live at a time when living is what we should be loving.
I don’t have to tell you how precious every millisecond of this life is. If you are breathing, you are being bestowed a great gift. An opportunity to do what you may have never done before. Seen the Grand Canyon? Road trip! No car? Bus tour! No money? Library card! No friends? Volunteer! Healthy? Get going! Debilitated? Pick up the phone and encourage someone. The obstacle(bull) that stares you down is often the same one snorting at the person next to you. Get on that bike, give yourself a push and go…
Boomer wisdom says, get out there! Don’t be afraid to get your hair wet. To take some chances. Throw caution to the wind! You’re old enough to stare down the trepidation that what you’d like to do/care to do/want to do is unattainable. Perfection is not the goal. Living with your tongue out to taste the experiences of this world is!
You can be Fearless! Don’t let a few thunderclaps of what might happen/could happen hinder your ability to live an abundant life that adds beauty and often, exquisite happiness to your life’s journey.
Blessings to you all!