Oh! Happy — excitement, enthusiasm, jumping for joy —- over the simplest things, the littlest of wonders, a new experience, a new discovery, a new idea, a new breath, a new step….
The responses to such exuberance can include: Have you lost your mind? What are you so excited about? What’s the big deal? What’s got into you? Slow down, there’s no point in getting excited. You are just being silly. It’s just a ______. There’s no way that will work. What are you thinking?
You quickly learn with those kinds of responses to put a damper on your enthusiasm. You can go from that happy-go-lucky person to oh so serious. After all serious is more acceptable, blends in better, has value. Also, with the serious approach you can blend into the wall and not be noticed.
With the excitement of the bouncing ball, the butterfly that lands on your arm, learning how to build with legos, or how to use a squeegee. Oh yes, that gets the happy feet going.
—– How old are you (said with raised eyebrows)? —— It does not matter the age (unless it is under the age of about 5 – then the squeals of delight and funny stepping is still ok). Older then that – you hear —- ssshhh, quiet; behave yourself; straighten up; be responsible.
Those little feet have a mind of their own and under the table they keep tap, tap, tapping.
With time the expression of exuberance is minimized around others. You celebrate some when you are alone. You carefully celebrate with a few others. The holding in creates doubting that joy can stay or last. You also hesitate to the feel the joy knowing the crash will follow. Then the moments come and you forget yourself and the happy feet are dancing. Whoops, the delight has been unbridled.
You can learn when the enthusiasm can be acceptable – children are a wonderful excuse. Special occasions to celebrate, usually others’ birthdays, anniversaries or…. then it is ok and encouraged. But don’t make it a habit because then you will be considered “too much”.
You walk a very thin line of normalcy or maybe sanity. Popular trends have shouted to live your life to the fullest. And, yet, if intensity of happy feet slips out then you have crossed the line.
It is important to find the ways, the means, the place to let those happy feet have full rein, complete freedom, be indulged, expressed and experienced.
To know the feeling of flow and the creative mode is wonderful. To experience life with joyful delight at any moment is a gift.
Dance Dance Dance
What is your experience of getting excited? How have others responded to you? What gets you excited?