I’ve recently made a decision to live in my actual body.
Surprisingly, this has been quite a challenge for me.
Truly. I used to joke that my body was just a transportation vehicle to take my brain from one interesting activity to another.
I didn’t play when I was a kid. That’s because I was watching. And thinking. And planning. And thinking (I realize I said that twice, but I’m trying to be exact about the ratios that were true then.)
So, now I’m getting all into taking care of my actual self, in its physical incarnation.
Truly. I’m drinking water and EVERYTHING!
The other day, I was taking Gump the Wonder Writing Dog for a walk – because I’m all about being physical now. AND because he makes “sad face” until we go.
We walked past the school playground at the end of the street.
I stood there and watched the kids play for a little bit, and I have to say it made my stomach get just a wee bit sick.
They were playing.
I was having grade school flashbacks.
Oh the drama. There was the Queen Bee, the Top Dog, and Miss Last Picked for Basketball – er, me.
(Shake it off, baby.)
So, I turned to my “works every time” knot-reducing technique – I started thinking.
And THEN all these really cool ideas came to me.
Like how play is a metaphor for life. And then, on a more micro level, about the intersection between the monkey bars and risk.
I never much liked the monkey bars when I was a kid. I realize now it’s because, in mid-swing, I would often get afraid – about if I could make it, and what it would feel like to be seen failing by the kid behind me.
Everyone else was just swinging.
I-I-I was creating failure scenarios with backup plans and turnaround strategies.
Anyway, this lovely image of Monkey Bars and Risk came to me. And then Risk and Your Big Dream.
So, I’m sharing my little sketch with you. If you like, it might be fun if you shared with us your small sketch about play and life in the Wisdom Circle Comments below.
10 Things the Monkey Bars Can Teach You about Risk:
- Once you get going, don’t stop. Take advantage of that swing. When you stop to think about things, you lose your beautiful momentum. Stay in motion.
- Take one bar at a time. Baby steps, love. That’s what works with respect to creating this beautiful life you want.
- LOOK UP, not down.
- Don’t worry about falling. The ground is MUCH closer than you think.
- If you do let go, you can get back on with the tiniest ever little reach.
- Trust that the next bar will be there within your grasp. In fact, it is the PERFECT distance in front of you. Don’t overthink it. Just KNOW.
- Don’t look too far ahead. It makes your arms tired. AND it increases the likelihood you’ll miss the bar in front of you.
- If you’re more nervous than feels comfortable, get a spotter. A coach.
- Welcome the callouses. It’s okay to be a little tough. Your callouses, protect you.
- BUT, you DON’T need callouses everywhere. Just on that one smallest of parts. Avoid getting hard everywhere.
So, as Gump-a-Lump and I stood there watching those kids (who may or may not have been worried about the torture of growing up human), we resolved to just do “the next right thing.”
Well, I-I-I resolved. Gump just wagged his tail, so I figured that’s what he was thinking, too.
And so, back home. To the page.
We’re swinging with you today, love.
Have fun. Make good choices.
Photo: Flickr, stevedepolo