Ever come across a phrase and feel it “click” in your head? That was me yesterday. Pinterest, a better stalker than Facebook ever thought about being, is really spooky sometimes. I mean, it totally gets me. I saw the phrase “Live A Little” in my feed yesterday and thought “That’s it. That’s my what I want right now.”
I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m always putting things off for later. When I have time, when I’m less tired, when I have more money… The reality is those things never come to pass and life is finite. Our little community has experienced the sudden loss of several young adults this year. Gone in a blink. I’m sure they thought they had more time, too.
I don’t want to just survive. I want to live. Just a little. I want to thrive. I can keep putting off that skydiving trip or trip to Ireland, but there are little things that my husband and I want to do and we should do them. Last year we started going to see the Nashville Predators. It seems crazy to a lot of people to drive that far for a three hour game, but it is so much fun. It’s a time to just scream and enjoy the atmosphere and we love it. It was something we could do together. This year we will do it all again, because it makes us happy. I find that little thing really made a difference in my attitude. In fact, right now I’m going through withdrawals from watching hockey multiple times a week and my inner brat is showing.
If you know us, you know we also love offroading. We have gone off and on for years. My husband builds and trades all kinds of rigs, so we always have something fun to play in. We love to go out with groups and ride trails, get stuck, get muddy, and just have fun with people like us. There are several groups in our area and we are even members of them. Every summer we talk about going riding more, because we always have so much fun when we do go. We live about an hour from an offroad park we love, so it’s easy to go. But every year, we go maybe once and then life takes over. Some of it is because we have a small child and he’s been too little to go and sit that long happily. But some of it is just because we put it off. It does take a little effort and we get lazy. This week we went to two different socials for two different offroad groups in our area. For me, that’s a struggle. I had to make myself go. I am awkward and hate trying to meet knew people or God forbid being the center of attention when I’m the new person. If not for my husband, I would never go anywhere. I would sit in my chair reading a book a day and talking to no one. But we went and it was really fun. We are making plans to go on some rides and more socials. Just live a little. Nothing extreme, just baby steps.
I know I’m middle aged. I know I’m a wife and mother. I know I work full time and have a ton of stuff I should be doing at home. I know it costs money I could put in savings. I know all of these things and more. But I am tired of just surviving day to day. I want to live a little.