I have to admit I have been in a bit of a slump up until recently. You know the kind.... sitting at home on the sofa in your pyjamas watching way too much TV (of questionable quality) and living off soup re-heated in the microwave. It’s an easy rut to fall into. But I have been pulled by the idea that a little more celebration might be just what I need to get me out of this funk.
Could you be celebrating more?
If you’re anything like me, I would hazard to guess YES. I don’t celebrate all that often. I never really have. Birthdays seem to just pass me by and I am much more comfortable planning presents for others that I am for myself. In fact, the idea of planning my own birthday party just makes me cringe. But there is so much to be celebrated...all the time. And as tempting as it may be to sit on your arse and vegetate in front of the TV, sometimes we just need to have more fun.
But for some reason, celebration just makes me think of hard work. Surely fun and celebration should be synonymous? And fun should never be hard work. So I’m on a mission to re-address this and have a whole lot more fun. First in the fun-filled focus is finding as many opportunities to celebrate as possible, whether that be a solo dance party in the living room or a full-blown weekend with the girls. As down as I am with celebrating the little things, there is no better way to kick-start this celebration-athon than with a weekend with some friends that I don’t get to see all that often these days. Because the kind of hysterical-stomach-cramps-inducing-laughter I’m after can’t be done alone.
Plans were made a while back to get a few of us together, have a big day out and run the Colour Me Rad 5k in my uni town of Bristol. For those that don’t know, Colour Me Rad is a 5k run (very casual) during which you get pummelled with coloured corn starch in the fashion of Holi Festival. The girls came to stay at my flat the night before where we had a delicious dinner (if I do say so myself) and the plan was to head out on a short trip to the race course the following day, before heading out for cocktails in the evening.
Little did we know that our ‘short trip out’ would turn into a whole day affair... I’m usually a mega planner but for some reason we didn’t check the exact location of the race until the night before. Well, turns out that Colour Me Rad Bristol is not actually in Bristol. It’s an hour drive away. No problem, we’ll just leave a little earlier (how naive of us…).
We were within 3 miles of the course right on schedule when we hit serious traffic. Apparently everyone else in the race was arriving at the same time (who’d have thought it?!). It took us another hour to get to the course start line. Luckily it seems everyone else was late so we didn’t miss anything. Plus, road trips with friends are the perfect opportunity to crack out some tunes and throw some embarrassing shapes.
From then on in though, it was all fun and games. Here’s a visual representation of what went down...
[Selfies aplenty - consider yourselves warned!]
How often do you actually regret celebrating with your friends?! I have to say that mucky faces and aggressive driving do make things that much more entertaining.
What could you be celebrating NOW?
I’m not talking in a couple of months time, but within the next week. We do an amazing job of postponing fun, when really there is no good reason not to be having more fun now. There is no need for celebration to involve a whole lot of panning or time. Maybe you want to celebrate a little peace and quiet with a hot cup of tea in the garden or by reading a couple of pages from a novel. Or maybe you’d rather a raucous dinner party with friends? Whatever your style, just celebrate.
‘Cos, honey, THERE IS SO MUCH TO BE CELEBRATING!
- List 3 things that you could do in the next week to celebrate life....and let me know in the comments!
- Then go do them!
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