After years of begging, pleading, whining, and cajoling, we finally caved and gave my daughter a trampoline for her birthday this year. According to her, it was the best gift ever and she uses it almost every day. She also asks ME to get on it almost every day.
For weeks, I resisted. I’m sure you know the thoughts that were running through my head. “I’m too old and way too fat. I’ll hurt myself. I’ll pee myself.” One reckless day, I decided to take a chance and just go for it. I climbed up the ladder, through the opening in the netting and I started to bounce.
I just did little bounces at first, but then I started to really jump. My hair was flying, my boobs were going every which way and there was a huge grin on my face. I even tried to get fancy and bounce on my butt and then back to my feet. It didn’t work how I pictured it in my head and instead, I ended up laying on the trampoline, laughing like a crazy woman.
Did I die?
And you know what? I didn’t hurt myself and I didn’t pee myself. I took a chance, albeit a small one, and it was actually fun! The best part was that my two youngest children were bouncing with me and they got to experience mom doing something new and throwing her excuses out the window.
It seems like such a small thing, but I had built it up in my mind to be much scarier and more difficult than it actually was. This got me thinking about what else we miss out on in life because of the ridiculous thoughts in our heads. How many times have I ridden in a convertible and left the top up because I didn’t want to mess up my hair? Have I unknowingly disappointed my children because I was too afraid to take a chance and say yes? How much more fun could I be having if I threw caution to the wind once in a while?
What is stopping you from taking a chance?
I bet many of you have a trampoline in your backyard right now that you have never used. Or there is some other thing in your life that you have resisted. Maybe it’s a bike ride, hiking, running, dancing, wearing sexy clothes, joining a club or group, meeting new people or going out with no make-up.
STOP HOLDING BACK. Take a chance once in a while. Jump on the figurative trampoline! Seriously, if it is not actually life threatening, then what is stopping you?
Who cares if you pee yourself? So what if you aren’t perfect or you embarrass yourself? Let your hair down in the convertible. Laugh loudly. Live a little and enjoy every second of it.
If you are ready to take the leap, here is the link to the trampoline we have. I promise, it can hold a mom, plus it is a good size and comes with all the parts. If a trampoline isn’t your thing, then find something else that makes you laugh and feel young and carefree, even if it is only for a fleeting moment.
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