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VICKI HINZE | So What’s Wrong With A Little Whimsy

March 16, 2010

VICKIE HINZEFORGET ME NOTReality is good. We all live our lives steeped in it. Some days are better than others. We know it, accept it, and consider ourselves lucky if we end up with a few more good days than bad ones.

We take care of ourselves, our families, our careers. We handle the expected demands–the voluntary demands and the compulsory ones–and the thousand other things that need to be done on a routine basis. We also handle the unexpected demands, everyone’s crises, and the things that we couldn’t plan or prepare for with a million years’ advance notice. And, wonder of wonder, somehow we manage to do all these things and stay sane.

So why then, when we mere mortals accomplish the impossible with monotonous regularity, are we’d begrudged our desire to indulge in an occasional bit of whimsy?

Admittedly, I’m having a little trouble with understanding this. While it seems it’s perfectly acceptable for us to do all of the almost superhuman things that we do, we get every reaction from strange looks to admonitions for wanting to do something just for the fun of it. Sometimes, justification is actually asked for, and on occasion (can you believe it?) required or demanded.

Enough, I say. Enough, enough, enough!

So today, dear friends, I’m issuing an invitation to rebel and put our foot down. Today, I’m issuing a license. Just clip it out, fill in your name at the bottom, and be prepared to flash it. (How long has it been since some of us were carded? Wait. Let’s don’t answer that!)

So there. It’s done. You have a license.

Now enjoy a bit of whimsy. Embrace it, relish it, and revel in it. And if anyone objects, flash your card. If they’re not nice in their objection, flash them your card and show them a list of all of the things that you have done in the last month that are practical, routine, mundane, ordinary, and then invite them to take over your list just for a day while you go play. That should mum them right up!

And every time you look at your license, remember that joy is found in the little things as well as in the big ones. We sometimes get so busy we forget that. But just for today, let’s remember it. Let’s do one whimsical thing.

And if no one looks at us like we’ve lost our minds, let’s take that as a signal and personal invitation to immediately do another!



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