A page from an old journal of mine. Any excuse to start thinking about autumn!
One of the best parts of having a list of 101 Things is that it gives you permission to do things you wouldn’t normally do on the spot. We’re all constantly being reminded of the things we should do – sensible, responsible uses for our time and money that qualifies us as grown-ups. There’s no escaping those.
But what if you wrote a list that was partly made up of Very Silly Things (VSTs)? What if you set yourself a timeline that was every bit as real as the bright red due date on your energy bill? What if your success was measured not just by the completion of your responsibilities, but by your VST progress?
My 101 Things projects have been conceived with that exact philosophy in mind. I know that I have grown-up goals to conquer, and that they’re really important. I have goals on my list that cover skills I want to develop, fitness milestones, study and money. I know that when I’ve achieved each one I’m going to feel amazing.
But my list is also peppered with little VSTs, like #54 – Fly a kite! These little items are really special to me, because they tend to be about experiences and memories and reconnecting with the fun times. Some of them are downright irresponsible, when you consider the money that could be saved for a financial goal.
But personally, I hope to never become the sort of person who says no to a brightly-coloured kite.
Source unknown. Does anybody know who made this cute little guy?
We were shopping for a few things this weekend, and I wandered into a games shop for inspiration for another of the items on my list – a new jigsaw puzzle. While I was there I spotted a rack of little kites, and was surprised to discover that they were all between $20-$50! I chose one with two strings that could do tricks and assured the helpful gentleman behind the counter that the operator would be over the age of 12. Well over the age of 12, as it turned out.
Tim and I took it for a spin after dinner last night, and that’s when we discovered that we had absolutely no idea what we were doing. Everything we tried would send it plummetting to the ground, and after a while a highly-amused audience began to gather. Eventually some kind soul came over and gave us some tips (add a tail, and let the line out completely) and we were able to get it up in the air.
It was the BEST feeling to watch our little kite soar through the sky when the wind picked up! The crashes were still violent, but after a while they became less frequent. And our little makeshift shopping bag kite tail flapped happily away in the sky.
The video captures a little bit of the excitement, and it’s worth watching for the crash montage. I only wish that I had remembered to record it in landscape!
Music credits: “Kite Fight” by Sweet Thing / “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” – Mary Poppins (Original Soundtrack)
My advice: put a VST on your to-do list this week. Your smiley muscles will thank you!