' Look at those idiots' my then-partner remarked. 'What are they doing out in this?'
Fast forward a few years, in the Sussex countryside with my happy, positive husband and I realised - we were two of those idiots. And it felt WONDERFUL!
It can be so easy to stay in a comfort zone - in your work, your relationship, your hobbies - that warm familiarity of the known, the safe, the easy. It can be quite nice to start with but it can also make you start to feel sluggish and affect your ability to be creative and spontaneous.
I'm not suggesting that life should always be about challenging yourself. It can become both tiring and addictive when you are always looking for the next thing to stimulate you. But sometimes that little edge of effort, that place that you wouldn't normally visit, be that physically or metaphorically, can invigorate, enliven and spark you to such a wonderful degree that you remember that THIS is being alive.
This weekend reminded me that usually it's the 'idiots' having the fun regardless of what they look like to the outside world! So my invitation to you is to find a way this week or this month to do something just a little bit crazy - even if it just means walking in the rain, turning the shower to cold, climbing a tree or singing in the street. Why? Because it liberates you and makes you feel free and youthful and happy. For just a moment or an hour, you can let go of being a grown -up with your responsibilities and lists. The world can honestly wait for you for a little while. So go on... Be an idiot!