Over the past couple of days I’ve had memories of old events pop into my head out of the blue. Memories of carefree, joyful times.
One particular memory was of a time in high school when my beloved friends and I would walk to school, being completely silly and belting out songs from musicals like Grease. We were 14, I think.
We had to cross a river (in reality it was a probably a small stream, but everything looked big back then!) on the way to and from school. On our way home one day we realized the bridge had been washed out by a storm.
Hmmm… what were we to do?
We thought about it for a split second, then scrambled over branches that hung over the river. We giggled nervously, a bit scared at the daring feat we were attempting. After all, we could fall, get soaked, dump our backpacks – or my saxophone – in the water, and probably get in serious trouble if our parents found out.
But we did it! We crossed the river to “safety,” dry backpacks in tow. And a buddy somehow actually managed to carry my saxophone across in his teeth! When we got to the other side, we continued our crazy singing and dancing, laughing all the way home about our exciting adventure.
I hadn’t thought about that day for a long, long time. But it brought a huge smile to my face this morning.
Then it got me to thinking – how would we approach a similar situation as adults?
Imagine: you’re taking a walk to a place you really want to be (maybe a great cafe), and need to cross over a stream to get there. As you approach the bridge, you realize it’s under repair and can’t be crossed! What do you do? Do you laugh about it? Curse a blue streak?
And once your initial reaction is over, do you take off your shoes and wade through (assuming it’s safe and not winter in a cold climate), find a different way to cross, or turn back?
As adults, we’d likely turn back.
But why? Assuming you’re not in danger, why not cross the stream? Why not stretch yourself and do something out of the ordinary, something unusual and maybe even unthinkable? You’d get a little wet – so what?
Remember a time of being carefree, and not being concerned about doing everything by the book or because it was practical? When your heart guided much of what you did?
So… now that we no longer have the raging hormones of teenagers, and have gained a bit of wisdom from experience, why not let our hearts have more of a say in what we do?
The next time you’re faced with what seems like a stumbling block, look closer: instead of turning back, maybe you can jump on or around that block – and have some fun in the process!
Carpe diem – seize the day!