Adventure Courage Joy: A Guest Post Stolen From Chelsea Dannen
“I Have To Do ALL The Grown-Up Work!”
I dreaded summertime as an 8 year old. Every morning when I woke up, I had a list of chores screaming at me – Vacuum the upstairs! Scrub the inside AND outside of toilets! Weed the garden! Dust the living room! Make your bed! Sweep AND mop the kitchen!! By about week 3 of Cinderella-dom, I was downright resentful. Mom walked through the door after a long day of work to find the most dramatic version of myself waiting with my arms crossed. Mustering courage to confront Mom, I announced “I DO ALL THE GROWN UP WORK AROUND HERE!”
Looking back on my 8 year old soap opera, I see how good I had it. My mother taught me that life doesn’t happen when you’re sitting on your bum, you have to DO it. To this day, I still have to make those lists (a smidge more subtle than the screaming chore lists):
- Take control of your life.
- Show your friends and family you love them.
- Don’t drink too much wine.
- Sing out your fears and frustrations.
- Definitely drink too much wine.
- Choose joy.
- Don’t forget the lessons you were taught long ago; childhood wisdom is a gift.
Find joy in crossing off chores of the past and writing new adventures for the future. What is on your next list?