Or slide down the water slide at parties…
Or participate in “Mom wrestling”, jumping into pools fully clothed and just pretty much having fun every chance I get….
Because my darling girls, life is far too short to take yourself too seriously. Remember to always laugh at yourself and never be ashamed of who you are, even when who you are is just downright silly with a side of childish.
Nobody enjoys a boring person, so get off the side lines and get involved. Even if you think you’re going to look silly, even if you know you won’t win, you’ll earn respect for trying and endear yourselves to others by being able to laugh at yourself with them.
Run in that race, because it’s not about winning, it’s about showing up and giving it a shot.
I ran in the Mom’s race at Ava’s school today. Why? Because I wanted to. Because I wanted to show her that winning wasn’t everything (I knew I wouldn’t win). Because I wanted her to know that it’s an admirable quality to try even when you know you won’t win, just showing up counts. Because I wanted her to be proud and you should have seen the look on her face when she saw me volunteer to run. When I asked her afterwards if she thought I ran well, you know what she said? NO! But that’s not the point, I showed up, I made an effort, I got off the side line. Because I want her to know that life is short, so we should grab every opportunity to laugh at ourselves and have fun while doing it.
Do you jump in the pool fully clothed to give your kids a laugh? Do you run in the parents race? Or are you sitting on the side lines? Worried about what others will think? Worried about if you don’t win? Because you know you can’t win if you’re not participating, you have no chance of winning or even laughing when you’re just sitting on the side lines.
So lift your asses and get out there!