Our family recently returned from an annual ski trip we take with another family from our church. One afternoon my daughter decided that she would like to ski while wearing a narwhal onesie, as pictured below:
Her rationale for this outfit was, “Just because…”
It was awesome!
People were laughing and smiling, giving her the “thumbs up” sign, and commenting on how much they loved the “suit” (even though one person mistook her for a shark).
And it made me think…
I need to do more things “just because…” – and so do you.
We live in a serious world with serious problems that require serious responses, which is why I greatly appreciate serious people who do serious thinking. But being serious all the time can sure suck the joy out of living!
To be fully human, we sometimes need to be silly “just because” and dance “just because” and sing our favorite song out loud “just because” and pay for someone else’s coffee “just because” and go to the movies on the spur of the moment “just because” and eat ice cream in the winter “just because.”
And, yes, ski in narwhal onesies “just because.”
I’m not talking about being irresponsible, irreverent, or immoral. I’m just saying that many of us could benefit from being more engaged in the moments of our lives that present memory-making opportunities.
As Bob Goff once wrote, “Being engaged is a way of doing life, a way of living and loving. It’s about going to extremes and expressing the bright hope that life offers us, a hope that makes us brave and expels darkness with light. That’s what I want my life to be all about – full of abandon, whimsy, and in love.”