Big wheels, red hats, and the Grand Canyon -- imaginations required
Saturday, March 22, 2014
This morning, as I was posting to the group of folks in our March Fitness Challenge, I found myself pondering the importance of continually re-evaluating our goals; taking some time to contemplate them to make sure the bar is set so that achieving it will be a stretch, but it won't be like jumping over the Grand Canyon using nothing but a Big Wheel....
This thought evoked an incredibly vivid mental picture for me.....A whole group of not-so-young, but not-so-old women, led by a short, plump, green-eyed wildcat of a woman wearing her favorite Moo-Moo, a pair of sandles, and a bright red baseball cap (this would be me)..... Everyone else dressed in all of the colors of the rainbow -- some in clothing that matches all the way down to their undies, others wearing their FAVORITE pair of jeans that just came out of a 3 year retirement, maybe someone wearing their favorite T-shirt that happens to belong to her hubby (or did at one time, anyway - lol)....
We are all charging towards the edge of the Grand Canyon on Big Wheels ordained with stickers, and streamers, and balloons.... and every single one of them has that orange flag on the back sticking up on a long pole flayling wildly in the wind we are creating.... our legs pumping wildly, laughing and shouting out encouragement and excitement to each other --- I can actually SEE it!!!!!
And we are all incorporating healthy, active, and BALANCED decisions into everyday life, which is what it is ultimately all about. (OK - so maybe charging the Grand Canyon on big wheels isn't the healthiest OR most balanced thing to do - HA HA HA HA HA.)
This visual image made me realize how potent our imaginations can be. I wonder how many folks out the in SP-land have taken time to engage their imaginations in a way that is fun, invigorating, and gives voice to the child inside. As adults, it can be WAY too easy to take ourselves too seriously. Letting go of your imagination and playing a bit can be more motivating and invigorating than a 10k run.
As you go into your weekend, I want to invite you to pull your own Big Wheel out, jump on, and join me in this adventure. Take the time to REALLY see the big wheel - what color is it? Are the tires plastic or rubber? Is the seat well-worn from years of being joined to a child's backside? What condition is your orange flag in??? Then, take some time in your mind and decorate your big wheel for its next Big Adventure! Go crazy and add as much adornment as your mind can create!!!
Now that your big wheel is more decked out than an Easter Day Parade float, come join us!!! We are all sitting at the bottom of your drive-way, waiting for you to come out and play! We are off to cross that field one block over and pretend it is The Plains of Africa -- or maybe race around our cul-de-sac and imagine that we are at the Indy 500. We don't know EXACTLY where our Big Wheels are going to take us, but we do know it's gonna be FUN!!!!