just for the thrill of it

Henk Schram, author of the Crack Your Egg Program, suggests that, to achieve what we wish in life, it’s necessary to unleash the bungee harness we wrap around ourselves. Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve long ago given up the possibility of bungee jumping––the thought of it juggling my teeth and breaking all those fillings makes me nervous. Nevertheless it did strike me as an interesting concept as I contemplated the kinds of restrictions we retirees place on our lives.

Often I hear––and say––statements like…’I’m just so busy that I don’t know where the days go,”  or “I’d like to learn to play the piano (or paint), but I don’t know where to begin,” or “go to the beach, but the sun is so strong,” or go White Water Rafting or learn to ski, but these creaky bones don’t want to cooperate,” or “write a book, but I don’t know what to write about,”…and so on.  We all have our dreams and our excuses.

I imagine most everyone has seen at least a picture of a person bungee jumping. I know my heart usually races every time I see one. There are those who say it’s a perfectly safe activity because the cord that is attached to the harness can be adjusted to minimize the amount of bouncing the jumper experiences. Despite that assurance, it does feel like too big of a dose of adrenaline for me. However, Mr. Schram’s analogy of the Bungee harness is a great example of how we tend to wrap ourselves in a protectiveness and miss out on marvelous opportunities.

What would you like to do now that you have time (you do–you just have to decide to make the time available) to do what really matters to you? What harness is keeping you from doing it, and how will you stop the self-talk that keeps telling you, no? This is your chance. Taking advantage of this time in your life to create special memories will make you a healthier, happier and more interesting person. Make the freedom to do something that is important to you a gift to yourself this coming holiday season. You’ll be glad you did.

 “We’re all born with a chuckle muscle, and if you exercise it every day, it’ll keep you young and frisky all your life. But if you don’t, it dries up and drops off.”                                          Ken Dodd, an English comedian

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