Today I am getting inspiration from two amazing, beautiful women. Twisted Lola originally posted the above photo and posed the question, “What’s the one thing you will do on this list today?” I had already done some singing out loud at my desk, so I joined in on the commenting. It really wasn’t anything outside of the box, though. I can’t think of a single day in the past 15 years (or more) that I haven’t sung out loud at least once. I just say 15 years to be conservative because my memory before 12 isn’t all that great.
Today I read a post from Emotional Tornado where she addressed every single item on the list. I fell in love instantly, and decided I HAD to challenge myself to do the same. So here goes.
Take chances. This is a good one for me because I am usually someone who plays it safe. I have been taking some chances with my fashion choices lately, but I’m not sure if that counts… I hadn’t decided until this very moment, but I’m going to test for my yellow belt in karate. I have been taking a class from a friend, and I love it! I am also quite a fast learner, if I do say so myself, and have been picking things up very well. Even though I am 8 weeks behind everyone else, I am going to give it a try and test with the rest of the group in a few weeks. Maybe I’ll make a fool of myself, but so what. The end result will be that I don’t have a yellow belt, which I already don’t have. So, no loss and something to gain – experience at the very least and a belt in the best case scenario.
Tell the truth. I am finally under 180 pounds as of this morning. It looks great on me, even if I know certain people still think of a woman in the 170’s as fat. I am beautiful and happy with myself, and I’m not going to let anyone bring me down.
Date someone totally wrong for you. I’m married to a sex addict, so does that count? I love him, and we are working on our marriage every single day. So I will pass on dating anyone else. We do plan to continue “dating” each other for as long as we are married, though.
Say no. This is a good one. I can’t think of a person or thing I need to say no to at the moment, but I have been working on my codependent trait of always saying yes. I will say no to staying even one minute late at work today, though. How’s that?
Spend all your cash. I never, ever carry cash. I have been doing pretty well at spending all of my extra money on clothes and shoes lately, though. I think I actually need to reign that one in a bit.
Get to know someone random. I have gotten to know some “random” people that I would never have connected with through my blog. It has helped me break out of my shell. I also talked a little bit to the new hire at work today. I found out that his favorite football team is the Cowboys. Does that count? I rarely come across random people in my life.
Be random. Every day, all the time. 😉
Say I love you. I have told my husband that today. I think I will also make a point of calling my Mom just to say I love you later. Thanks for the reminder.
Sing out loud. As I mentioned above, this happens almost constantly, especially on Fridays.
Laugh at stupid jokes. So far today, I haven’t heard any stupid jokes. I did laugh at a funny story.
Cry. I teared up today reading a friend’s recent predicament and putting myself in her shoes. It is nice to have that emotional release.
Apologize. I apologized for having to cut someone off and take another call just a few minutes ago. Other than that I haven’t done anything apology-worthy yet today. The key word is yet. I will keep an eye out for any future missteps as I continue my day.
Tell someone how much they mean to you. I have tried to do that today already. I reached out to help a friend in need who is struggling. I also expressed my support and sympathy to my aunt (ex-aunt if she and my uncle are now divorced?) over my cousin, who is hospitalized right now due to a schizophrenic episode. I will also do the same with my Mom when I call her later just to say “I love you.”
Tell a jerk what you think. Thankfully, this has been a jerk-free day. I usually don’t keep my opinion to myself in those situations, anyway. I hate jerks and their jerky ways.
Laugh until your stomach hurts. I’m not sure that is something you can just do on demand. We will see what comes today, but I can’t make any promises on this one.
Live life. I am trying to embrace this fully every single day. Living life is harder than it sounds. I have to fight against just existing and think about consciously living. You know… experiencing every moment. Revelling in the small things. Being thankful for all that I take for granted. Today I will live life by going to karate and spending 2 hours pushing myself to train harder, do more, keep breathing, and fight through the burn in my lungs and ache in my muscles. I’m actually looking forward to it!
Regret nothing. This one is probably the hardest for me. I second-guess myself a lot and wonder how things would be if I had done something differently. I regret missed opportunities or bad choices. The truth is, I can’t change those things. Today I will leave the past in the past, focus on today, and look forward to the future.
So what will I do tomorrow?
Live intentionally. Love hard. Forgive.
Sounds simple. It’s not.
(Those last 3 lines were stolen from Emotional Tornado. I just can’t say it any better.)