Katja recently asked me what it means to me to embrace the Skimbaco Lifestyle. Coincidentally, my sister just challenged me to do something completely new. Lucky me: I got double-dared.
Hmmmmm. I’ve been around a long time. What could I do that’s new, that embraces life?
Actually socialize at a party?
Run with the bulls?
Rent a red Porsche and buy a slit-to-there dress to wear for my husband’s birthday?
Let’s just say I’m not known for being particularly adventurous our outgoing. I quit both skiing and scuba after one lesson, and I always bring reading material to a party in case there’s a spare room and I get jittery from too much commotion.
So — no surprise — I chose none of those things. I found something even simpler, cheaper and more adrenalin-pumping (but perhaps less gratifying for my husband). And I did it on a whim.
After a workout at the gym, I walked to the adjacent Sunflower Market. I bought my groceries and headed back to my car with my iPod still playing.
Voices Carry by ‘Til Tuesday came on (love, love, LOVE Aimee Mann). I sooooo wanted to sing along, but what if someone heard me? I’d be mortified! But I sooo wanted to sing along.
Have I mentioned I so wanted to sing along? Ummm, loudly? It was an unexpectedly warm February day, in which a perfect moment could be had by singing to a great song with catchy lyrics, a driving beat and an empowering feel. But there were people around. What would they think?
I remembered Katja’s challenge, my sister’s dare and the alternative of jumping out of an airplane with bulls in a red party dress (or some such jumbled image).
Shuddering Inspired, I did it. I embraced the moment.
As I walked through the parking lot, I sang, “HUSH, HUSH! KEEP IT DOWN NOW! VOICES CARRY! Ooooh Ooooh Ooooh…”
I wondered what I sounded like without the background music. I wondered what people thought. I wondered if I was breaking the law.
It felt really weird. And liberating. And, skimbaco-me-timbers, joyful!
I did not look to see if anyone was judging me. It did not matter if they were. My heart was soaring, and in that moment I was completely self-contained.
So now, I double dog dare YOU. If you didn’t care what anyone thought, how would YOU unleash?
Guest post by Lori. Lori blogs from a Denver suburb about open adoption and mindful living at Weebles Wobblog . She also dishes about good buys at All Thumbs Reviews .
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