“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.” – Hugh Laurie
Alright, alright, alright. That’s my answer to that one. Alright to embracing the now. Alright to maybe NOT thinking twice for a second. Alright to just going with the flow, but going with the flow on your own terms. Alright to being unsure and being totally okay with that but just jumping in messily and figuring it out along the way. Alright to the ADVENTURE. This quote has always lived in the back of my head, but it hasn’t actually spoken the loudest to me until more recently. Which is funny, because one would think that the older we get, the less we want to take chances. The more careful we are about the decisions we make and all the possible outcomes we could weigh before actually settling on something. But really, I think the pressure we put on ourselves as adults is what is really holding us back. Instead of being creative, we think it’s more smart to be practical and systematic. Instead of lightening up over a deadline and maybe taking a little break, we force ourselves to stay up late with serious face on until our heads are spinning in circles over the same damn thing for over an hour. We look down upon coloring outside of the lines, when really that is exactly what we should be doing if deep down inside of our bones we feel that need to just LIVE A LITTLE. We waste time trying not to waste time. You feeling me? Alright, alright, alright.
How about for this Thursday . . . in celebration of the upcoming weekend (and hopefully good weather), you take this one piece of advice and promise to live a little bit more (or preferably a whole lot more) of an ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT life. Basically the same thing as a FUCK YES type of life, but a whole lot more chill. And I like the sound of it better. Not an alright, alright, alright like you are giving in after some tugging and pulling from outside forces. No, an ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT that is dancey and happy and upbeat and maybe even a little bit goofy. Feel free to dance, as well, of course. So make no plans and last minute take your friends someplace epic at midnight and see what happens. Flirt with that boy you keep eyeing on the subway. Close your eyes and put your hand on a map and go wherever your finger lands. Try raw sushi because you’ve never had it before. Wear no makeup and embrace it. Go out dancing, but this time do it really as if no one is watching, and then love it when you find out that they are. It might surprise you how adventurous you may really find yourself to be. You just have to allow it come forth.
Appreciating the now and a more spontaneous mindset to complement it is such a nurturing act. It’s good for our souls. And it’s good for our bodies. Like that of a child, it allows ourselves to open up to so much more within a smaller amount of time and with no real sense of time. Putting ourselves on the spot can be the best way to get to know ourselves because we literally are faced with new situations this way that hopefully will challenge us and inspire us and make us think harder and smarter on our feet. Because it is what it is, and sometimes you just have to go. Right. Now. Alright, alright, alright? ALRIGHT. That’s the spirit. Try it this weekend, and let me know how it goes. Love you all.