(Photo circa 1990--yes, tire swings are so fun!!)
As my girlfriends and I did our Saturday morning, fitness with friends in the park, and visit to farmer’s market yesterday, I made a comment about the playground. Remember when park playgrounds were made out of wood and they had tire swings, seesaws, and those giant circular spinning things that you pushed as hard as you could to get it to spin as fast as possible, then jump on and laugh so hard from spinning ‘round and ‘round you practically rolled off it when it stopped? I wonder if kids these days know what splinters are?
Those of us who go to experience playgrounds made out of wood, I think lucked out. So we got a few splinters every now and then. We played, we got hurt, maybe cried a little, then we played some more—such is life, no? Every time we fall, we get back up, get back on, and learn how to stay on longer and stay on stronger. We figure out how to adjust our seat, how to get a better grip, and how to be flexible and in control at the same time. And if we fall off again, we remember that we’ve done this before and we know how to get back up, get back on, and learn how to stay on even longer and stay on even stronger.
It’s funny, I think the older I get, the more fear I feel. Ironically though, the more fear I feel, the more inclined I feel to cross foreign lands, and swim across foreign seas. Experience has shown me that the scariest times in our lives are often times when we are the strongest, because at some point you realize that you just have to jump and let the wind blow you wherever you shall go.
It’s like with relationships and love stories, each failed one is at least one lesson learned. I had one most horrific relationship, that turned out to be more like 12 bad ones rolled into one; so in the end, it was very satisfying and rewarding—for me anyways. I find when it comes to dating, and any new adventure really, each new flame is somewhat more intimidating and yet all the more curious.
So go darlings, go on and be ever curious in all that you do. Life is much more delicious that way ;).
BIG LOVE & HUGS