My husband and I went to an Isley Brothers concert in RI a few weeks ago. It was great. I loved seeing folks in their 60’s and 70’s just singing and playing their hearts up there. For some of the tunes, we got up and danced in our tiny seat area. Interestingly enough, this wasn’t a big dancing crowd. In my twenties, I would have felt foolish doing this without a dance floor, but now I was like, “who cares?”I’d love to see a National Be Foolish Day. Yes, I know we have April Fool’s but that is about playing pranks on folks. This about doing something yourself that makes you feel emotionally naked in some way. Like just start dancing in the middle of the supermarket. Or walk up to folks and say, “I love life!” (If you do..)When I walk around the block, I sometimes do twirls or fancy footwork just so I can act a bit foolish. Once I got foolishness out of the way, it was easier to do the things I wanted in life. Easier to get that voice in my head to “be quiet already.”Speaking of that voice in my head, until I was 25 I thought I was the only one with someone else living up there. I thought I was crazy. Then, my sister and I were visiting a friend from another country here to learn English and she gave us a tour of her apartment. In her bedroom, I noticed a cross over the bed and said, “What’s that for?””Oh, the voice in my head tells me to reach up and touch it every night or something bad will happen.”I said, “Wait, you’ve got a voice in your head, too?” Boy did I feel better about myself after that emotionally corrective experience. I realized everyone was a bit nuts and that voice was normal.Karaoke can definitely fall into the foolish category, especially when it is a big song that requires me to sing with emotion. I do and I enjoy it. To me, this is a performance and the audience wants to see me getting into the song! No way am I going to stand there and sing in a mousey voice!
How about you? Do you dive into life, take risks and be foolish? If yes, how does it make you feel? If no, how does that make you feel.
I’d like to see school classes that encourage kids to be more foolish, take more risks. dive into life more. It all feels very much the opposite. But, I think that is changing!
I read about this micro school movement called Wildhood. It gets kids outside learning. Here is a quote from their page: “According to research studies, children become more healthy, resilient and intelligent when they spend less time indoors and more of their childhood outside in natural environments.” If you want to read more. Please visit them at www.wildhood.us.
I’ve been trying to get folks more wildhooded since 2004 when I ran my first program, “Freeing The Wild Woman Within.” It is what comes naturally to me, point out to folks they are in a cage, show then the door isn’t locked, stand outside and yell, “It’s great out here.”
Anyway, I guess that’s enough yammering for today. Hope to see you around, being as wild as possible.
Yours in eternal wildness,