When was the last time you felt truly excited about being alive?
When did you last laugh out loud for no reason at all, but just because something made you really happy?
Let’s admit, these are not every day emotions. For many people, they can be more the exception rather than the norm.
And yet, why shouldn’t we be excited every day?
What really holds us back from joy?
I’m gonna guess it’s just being adults. Grown-ups don’t or shouldn’t get too excited, we think. Focus on the tasks at hand…over-think the problems…groan about what isn’t right in our world.
But kids know best that happiness and excitement just can’t be contained. My son calls it, having an Explodation Mark. (I didn’t bother telling him the punctuation sign is actually called an EXCLAMation mark!)
It usually happens just before his favorite LEGO DVD starts…he jumps around…cheers and gets all crazy…
“Settle down,” I’ll say.
“But mom! I’m just having an Explodation Mark!”
Or upon me announcing that it’s time to go to the gelato bar now—
“Settle down now!”
“But mom—I’m just having an Explodation Mark!”
Or when someone—anyone—scores in the football match…
“But it’s just my Explodation Mark!”
Well, this week, I have been having a few explodation marks of my own—and they weren’t even the kind that begin with stress and end in tears (usual for us moms, you know!)
They were the happy kind, the blissful kind, and even the jump-up-and-down kind, like my son has at times.
And I realized, it was because, recently, I have made up my mind to get more excited about life.
No matter how stressed I feel…
No matter how uninspired home chores can be…(No matter that my daughter just plopped my phone in the mop bucket and killed it.)
No matter what life surprises with or the challenges each day brings.
Explodation Marks can even be just bursts of gratitude.
Or, they can be moments of peaceful silence.
Explodation Marks can be that serene feeling, watching a sunrise
Or a fantastic thunderstorm.
Explodation Marks can be long hugs between you and your partner
Or of course they can be more than just hugs.
Explodation Marks are really saying, what my other kid has learned to say over and over again, her first actual English word:
When I hear her say it, I am reminded to always see the wow, and say it—even if only silently, in my heart and mind…but sometimes, out loud, too:
Wow, Life, I am grateful for these moments with you.
Wow, Problems, you sure know how to challenge me!
Wow, Stress, you again?
Wow, Fear, you really think you are going to win?
Wow, Nature, let me never forget your beauty.
Wow, Universe—you continue to surprise me.
Wow, dear God, you are truly amazing.
And you know what?
The more I see and say wow, the more explodation marks I allow myself, the more Real, True and Authentic, meaningful experiences come into my life.
More magic happens. More amazing people cross my paths. More serendipity. More Wow.
If you want your world to come alive, allow yourself some childlike awe, some Explodation Marks. Have more fun, and you will feel more alive, guaranteed.