I wish my life was a musical.
I've always said that if I could sing, I would be living in New York City and trying to make it on Broadway. There's no doubt in my mind of that. I've tried to sing. I'm not good at it. I love it, but unfortunately, I'm never going to be the American Idol.
I have come to peace with my skill level, but that has done nothing to quash my enthusiasm for singing. You know what else only serves to heighten one's love of singing? Spending two weeks with a two year-old whose mom also loves to sing and loves musicals. A two year-old who also loves to sing.
Everything is more fun when you sing it! Really, everything! Brushing your teeth, getting dressed, eating breakfast: all more fun if you're singing. Sadie (the toddler) and I would have entire conversations in song. Brilliant! And fun!
And while singing may not lighten up everyone's life the way it does mine, I think it's important that we all find those things in the world that make us happy. The simple pleasures. The things we can do every day, in small moments, to bring ourselves joy.
I learned a few other things from Sadie. Here are a few:
- Barney has a wonderful, positive message. I haven't watched him since I've been home, but I have thought about his messages quite a few times -- for myself! Messages like: always try, and then try again; we are all different and that's a good thing; don't judge things until you get the whole story; and always use your imagination.
- There is magic all around us. All the time. If you don't believe this one, take a 2 year-old for a walk and watch the world open up around you.
- It's okay and good to make the everyday fun and exciting.
- It's also okay to make a mess.
- It's also okay if things take longer than you think they should.
- Lots and lots and lots of sleep is a good thing!
This weekend, I'd like to encourage all of you to spend a little time with your inner child, that part of yourself that likes to make a mess with paints, play on the swings, or just skip instead of walking. Try singing out loud in answer to someone's question. They might look at you like you're crazy, but who cares? I sure don't, because it's SO FUN to do!
Are there any things you do for yourself? Little things to bring a little happy to your everyday?