When did you last let yourself be unabashedly joyful, gleeful even, connecting with happiness and being filled with pure joy? Do you make time for this or see this as a component of your self-care? I see it as a key part of a self-care practice that seems to be missing in the conversation that has recently circulated. I am a huge advocate for this convo and yes, I think that taking time for yourself in whatever form you choose is wonderful, but have you given consideration to the need for yourself to be joyful? Have you ever attempted this and had someone deliver a little comment to quell your enthusiasm for it? Lemme give you an example of this and why I don’t care one second about those opinions.
I am a Disney fan, I post about and use photos from my visits to Disney on this blog frequently. Why do you think this is? Of course, visiting Disney is fun and it is designed to be that way, but when you look past the characters and the capitalism it is a place where you can get in touch with a part of you that as an adult you are told you should not nurture. Why is that? When did we start getting messages that joy was a luxury only kids could enjoy? In my life, I noticed it as a teenager. Certain things were only to be enjoyed by young kids and things were suddenly more serious. Don’t laugh too loud, smile too big, or enjoy anything too much. Well, I have lived my life clinging to a bit of that joy. It sustains me and as I have had to swim in the murky, muddy waters of life I am grabbing on to more of that joy as a part of my practice of joyful self-care, just as someone would practice yoga or meditation. Have you ever watched a kid just play, fully immersing themselves in joy! They imagine more, they explore, they create things that may be attainable or may not but it seems to touch a part of their brains that we as adults have muffled or snuffed right on out.
Life for me has stifled some of my creativity. I want it back. Even when I post pictures of Disney on my Instagram, I will get a comment about how someone hasn’t been since they were a kid, or someone implying that Disney is just for kids. I don’t subscribe to that at all. The messages shared at Disney are for everyone, especially dreamers, entrepreneurs, and risk-takers. I am the best me when I am in touch with these messages. I dream bigger, I believe more, I am emotionally free. If the world was more like this wouldn’t it be a kinder place? Why don’t we invest in our joy just a bit more? Maybe Disney isn’t your’s but whatever it might be I challenge you to nurture it. Step out and read a lyric to a Disney song like “Go the distance” or “A dream is a wish your heart makes”. Give yourself permission to embrace this thinking, protect it, and ENJOY IT. Unabashedly do so, and after a while, people around you will want to do the same. Just imagine how far that can reach? Reach out for your joy, and if you keep on believing the dream that you wish will come true…