Monday, October 25, 2010

She's a Maniac

A good friend of mine posted this quote today on her status: "To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it." -- Osho (As posted by Kim D.!)

The air's cold, and my eyes are drooping. My alarm has just gone off and I remember that I have set it for 4:30am in order to complete a goal, one that is supposed to remind me about taking time for myself. I shake out the eye boogies, throw on some deoderant, pull my hair back, and I'm ready to complete my mission...but why and what mission?

After a long and great conversation with a friend, I was reminded that we many times don't take enough time for ourselves. We don't just sit and enjoy company; we don't just have a piece of chocolate and cringe over how good it tastes, and we don't just take a second to relax. We begin to care too much what others think and we begin to just lose ourselves while trying to be what someone else wants us to be. We give, and then we give even more, and then sometimes we don't get to take--even when we deserve that break--even when we deserver a second, or a minute, or an hour to just breathe.

Just like the world--we never stop moving. We go from one project to another forgetting that if we don't take the time we need to relax, we will never find the time we need to be happy. And in those moments--those brief moments that we have to ourselves, we are reminded that the world's not such a complex place...and that things aren't so difficult. Sometimes it's the small things that make us happiest--like mom's apple turnovers or a good song...or...a good dance. So that's what I did this morning: I woke up to the cold air, with drooping eyes, at the sound of my obnoxious alarm-and I got off the floor-and into my kicks- and out onto the track of Astoria Park--and DANCED. I danced to lose myself. i danced to find myself. I danced to start my day: I danced to dance. So here's a thought: take a second--take a minute--take a week--take an hour--take as long as you need--and just DANCE it out. I promise you'll feel so much better...And hey you may even inspire a stranger to join too.

P.S. If i seem tired the first time I talk to the camera...I WAS! ha. But it was the best WAKE UP EVER


  1. a. how long were you literally out there dancing?

    b. party in the usa - best track of the video

    c. it must have heated up seeing as how your layers kept disappearing

    d. you have to drop down and get your eagle on next time

  2. This was AMAZING! You rock Libby!

  3. What a wonderful reminder. Cranking up music and letting go is an amazing thing to do every once in a while - I try and do this when I'm home alone and cooking, it makes it so much more fun! I'm so guilty of not taking time for myself - I guess I've gotten into the habit of feeling guilty when I'm spending time reading or watching TV because I COULD be writing, or cleaning, or doing laundry, or any number of things that need to be done.

    Thanks for the reminder - it's a good point that if we never make time for ourselves, we'll never make time to be happy.

  4. Jenny--Party in the USA--I always think of the first time I got off the plane in LA to visit you! And I promise I will get my eagle on next time...


    Emily Jane--I love just cranking up the music and forgetting that everything around me is going on. it's the best feeling in the world. Just don't forget the stove is on ;)