I recently travelled to Edmonton, Alberta to visit my best and longest friend Mandy. It had been awhile since we had seen each other, and months in advance I started counting down the days until we would be reunited.
When I arrived at the airport, in typical Mandy fashion, she ran up behind me and nearly tackled me to the floor. We hugged and laughed and hugged some more; I couldn’t stop smiling.
We spent the next few days together exploring Edmonton and lounging around her place, catching up. We talked, we ate, we played with her puppy and most of all, we laughed. Whether it was dancing around her kitchen, sending ridiculous snapchats with goat-face filters, or just telling funny stories, we would always end up in giggles. There’s something about being around a childhood friend that allows you to just completely be yourself, without fear of judgment.
If I’m honest, before this trip I was starting to notice how much more serious I had become in my day-to-day life. But I hadn’t really realized that I’d become a lot less quick to laugh and to let loose. It’s easy to get caught up in the deadlines, stresses and worries about the future. But it’s never okay to lose your lightheartedness and desire for fun.
Being reunited with my long-time bestie helped reunite me with my childhood self – that funny, giggly, lighthearted girl. I swear that when I boarded the plane out of Edmonton, my face hurt from smiling so much. It’s so important to make time and space for laughter, for connecting and for letting our inner child out to play.
I am so thankful for friends that remind me how to be silly.
Today’s Reflection: How can I incorporate more lightheartedness, silliness and play into my daily life?