Marriage is a new page.
For all of those out there who might think it's the beginning of the end or the loss of your personal liberties--I got news for you--this chapter goes however you write it.
Yeah, we're new to it, but after a month of being locked down I'm feeling freer than ever with my wife Dani.
In case you're wondering, we're writing our marriage with a heavy focus on awesome.
--cue celebratory anthems--
I'm a huge advocate for adventure and its many faces. And I know that any time I wake up and see hers my day has the makings for something great.
But as much as this is a story about us, it's an invitation to you. It's a challenge and a reminder that there's beauty in every person just waiting to be called out. There are strangers, coworkers, little old women cloaked in the solitude of restaurant shadows who feel like they're missing out on all life has to offer. And once you're in the club, you've got the great honor to reach out and serve up a big old plate of inclusion any way you see fit; to remind people that sometimes the only thing that's left to do is live.
Maybe it's making a fort in the living room for someone who needs to get out of their own head.
Perhaps it's insisting on a sunrise cruise to slow things down and enjoy the ride.
Maybe it's setting up a hammock in a public place to remind others it's quite alright to hang out from time to time.
Adding some color.
Or stripping things to their core.
Recognizing a crossroads as a chance to make a choice.
Keeping life a game where winning means fun and losing means learning.
Or showing someone that even as the world spins, they've got the power to stop a moment and hold it on their heart.
I read on Semi-Rad, recently, something that really drove this home. The piece mentioned a guy who coined the mantra, "I used to want to change the world. Now I just let people onto the freeway."
Way I see it, we all have that flickering desire to save the day but we write off the small opportunities as meaningless or totally irrelevant. On the contrary, the more people you let on the freeway the more people get back on track. Small gestures of kindness help people along their journey and remind them they don't have to cut someone off to get ahead.
You don't have to strain too hard to connect the dots. You just have to be aware. Somewhere, someone needs to be reminded of the good that you know. And you just need a second's courage to mobilize your gut.
We're all exploring this thing called life and if you've got the window to be a guide, step up and lead the adventure any way you can.
We set the table and cast the vote.
You're in the club. And in case you were wondering, this club has a heavy focus on awesome.