I might not be positively ancient just yet, but Iím old enough to realize that Iíve missed countless opportunities already to celebrate. I should be singing praises that Iím able to do so many things, but instead I seem to find myself trudging ahead trying to make plans for the future without really enjoying the small victories of today. I think it is important for all of us to celebrate what we can as we move through the teen years and on into adulthood. Just a sampling, but here are a few things I plan to celebrate in the very near future:
The First Cool Front
I love it when the hot summer humidity gives way to that first crisp feeling of fall. The winds blow, the rains come and when itís all over, you walk outside and realize that you could probably use a sweater! I love that day, and I canít even remember when it happened last year. It makes me realize that rather than just letting that first cool day of autumn pass me by, I should make a bigger deal of it. I should go grab a sweater, even if itís not really quite cool enough to do so, and then plan to eat outside at least once that day. I might bring my friends outside for lunch or convince my family to head to the bistro with outdoor tables for dinner.
The First Fire
Living in the south, I donít get many opportunities for a fire in the fireplace. But when the weather grows cold enough to need a jacket, you can bet Iím going to clear my schedule for the evening (as much as possible with homework anyway) and then plop myself in front of the fire. I might bring along a bowl of popcorn or perhaps a mug of hot chocolate and just kick back with a book and read or watch a favorite movie with the fire crackling in the background. Is it dorky to be this dramatic over an evening fire? Probably, but then thatís the whole idea behind celebrating life Ė being dorky when the need arises.
A Day Off
Now that school
is back in session, having a day off is a very real reason to celebrate. The job of getting back into school is done and I donít need to run out and buy anything new to get me through the next week or two. So this coming weekend, instead of going anywhere or worrying about homework, Iím going to take a day off. It will be a whole day off Ė I have no intention of going anywhere or doing anything of substance.
Sleeping, napping, reading, chatting, tweeting, texting and resting some more will take up my entire day and it will be a blissful thing. While I couldnít live my entire life this way, I can certainly spend about twelve hours enjoying what I seem to dream of the most when Iím up pulling myself out of bed before six in the morning on a school day.