Let Yourself Out


The week before last, I had what Oprah would call an “aha” moment. Wandering the aisles at the new health food store in town, it hit me (somewhere around aisle 2) -- I wasn’t having enough fun in my life. 

If I could experience so much enjoyment from doing something as mundane as checking out the new health food store, surely something was missing in my life. (And it was.)

On this particular Saturday afternoon, I let myself out for awhile to do some things I’d wanted to do for quite some time. Nothing spectacular or over the top –- just a few, simple things that I could cross off my list while enjoying the opportunity to get out and about on a beautiful fall day.

After leaving the health food store, I headed over to the local library to donate a trunk full of books that I’d stowed away in my car for at least six weeks. (I told you I don’t get out much.) I had a delightful conversation with the lady at the front desk, who quickly beckoned a young man to collect the multitude of boxes from my trunk.

Driving away with my car 500 pounds lighter, I was truly amazed by the amount of joy I felt from yet another simple moment in my day.

Truth is, I felt lighter too. It’s as if the “book guy” also unloaded the psychological weight I was carrying from all the other “stuff” in my life.

None of that stuff mattered for the simple reason that I was in the moment, enjoying myself, connecting with people, and having fun. I had forgotten just how exhilarating that can be.

While this may not seem like a big deal, the truth is, for months I had not given myself the time or permission to do the things that bring me joy, that take me away from my work, that connect me with the people in my life who are important to me.

Wouldn’t it be great if we had someone who would ask us a couple of times a day, “do you wanna go out?” Then they’d throw open the door, away we’d run, and lose ourselves for awhile.

(Pets have it made, don’t they?)

The good news for us is that we don't need someone else to throw open the door; we can do it ourselves.

(Human beings have it made, don't we?)

In my own experience this week, of spending more time with those who are near and dear to my heart, of finding a bit of time for myself, I realized all the more how much I love life and the gifts it brings when I'm there to receive them.

So, head on over to your door and let yourself out for awhile. Run and play, laugh and sing, do whatever it is that takes you out of your head and into the moment.

Be with yourself, be with those you love, be with life.

(Wanna go out?)