Okay, I admit it. I’m addicted to Pinterest. It’s an issue. I wake up in the morning and pin for 10 minutes before getting out of bed. The little scrolling boxes are mesmerizing and I can’t seem to stop watching them. I consult Pinterest first whenever I have a household question, recipe need, or fashion disaster (what the hell do I wear my new boots with?!).
Mostly, though, I look at the quotes section on Pinterest. It never fails to inspire me. Maybe I’m just corny (okay, not maybe, I can admit that I am). But those little scrolling boxes filled with thoughts and inspiration are kind of irresistible. A couple of days ago this one in particular really struck a chord…
The reason that I pinned this was the “Swim in the rain” line. Because my family, well, we swim in the rain. Literally. It’s fun. But I haven’t been doing enough of it over the past few years. I’ve grown up too much, get cold too easily, don’t want the bother of wet hair or running make-up (why the hell did I ever start wearing make-up?). And yet I’ve always found swimming in the rain to be one of life’s greatest pleasures. Honestly. I’m a pretty simple gal.
I feel like I didn’t really ask for much out of my life and that it doesn’t take much to make me happy and satisfied. A friend pointed out that that’s why I ended up where I did – because I wasn’t demanding what I deserved.
So I want more now and I want less:
- I want to be happy.
- I want to love and be loved (friends, family, lovers alike).
- I want to be in the moment and always strive to take the time to swim in the rain, smell the roses, talk to the crows.
- I want to see more of the world.
- I want to remember I should be treated as I deserve.
- I want to treat others as they deserve.
I’m a bit tired this evening so probably this one could be better written. But I guess what I’m getting at is – remember to swim in the rain. It’s the perfect season for it. (Not literally – unless you’re somewhere tropical).
Watch the way the lights on the Christmas tree reflect around the room. The way your kids light up when they find Elf-On-A-Shelf and his latest antics. Smile at a stranger when you’re in a long Christmas line. Have a rum and eggnog on a Tuesday. Sing along with carols and get sticky building a gingerbread house.
These are the things that actually matter and they are the things that we so often let pass us by.