We were at the park, as we frequently are. This was a new park, one that we’d never been to before (we’re park hoppers).
This park has a slide with bumps on it.
To me, an adult, a bumpy slide seemed like the type of apparatus with the potential to distress one’s bottom. It didn’t look like something I would choose to slide down. I prefer slides that are smooth.
I wondered out loud, “Why would they make a slide with bumps on it?”
My fiver-year-old answered without hesitation, “Maybe to make it more fun?”
Maybe, I thought, and then I watched him run excitedly up the play structure steps, arms pumping vigorously, his smile flashing its bits of shininess through the pattered holes in the elevated platform from which the bumpy slide would soon empty him onto a bed of worn woodchips. The kid was psyched.
He showed no hesitation. He wasn’t concerned about his bottom or his lower back. He was unabashedly powering toward what he had decided, with categorical resolution, was enhanced fun, even over and above the multitude of really, really fun slides he’d gone down (and up) over the course of his five years.
I want to run toward fun just like that, even, and especially it’s bumpy.
I want to enjoy and appreciate the twist and turns the way children do.
I want to return to the unabashed powering toward things that fill my heart with wild anticipation.
I want to not hesitate.
I want to consistently remember that an ever-present positive outlook, laden with joyful trimming and inspired enthusiasm is truly the way.
I recently came across my new favorite quote. It’s by Roald Dahl, and it goes like this: “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
Bumps. They were on that slide, and as you know, they are all around us. Maybe, just maybe, they really are there to make it more fun.
Clinging joyfully to that possibility, I think it’s what I’ll think from now on. What could it hurt?
And get a load of this…it already feels more fun!
Live. Love. Listen. Learn. Lead. Thanks.