What the world needs

The world needs more excitement.

As I pulled up to the stoplight yesterday, Salt-n-Pepa’s “Shoop” was on XM 90’s on 9. The lady in the car next to me openly stared. Evidently, my excessively enthusiastic dancing and overuse of my Bose speakers were more than she could stomach.

She looked at me like I had set a puppy on fire or backhanded a laughing baby.

Why can’t people giggle, sing, dance or otherwise joyously hop around without persecution? What we need is a worldwide flash mob. Every mall, every town square, every Main Street, every post office, school, church and park need to be filled with people shaking what the Good Lord gave them to whatever song their inner soundtrack is playing.

As Aubrey’s favorite show’s theme song says, “Everybody craaaazzzzyyy shake!” Why not? What do you have to lose?

Not one blessed thing.

You have everything to gain, even if it’s just a laugh or two and a chance to let go of some holiday stress. Why do we care so much about what random people in line at the stoplight think? Somewhere in Life we decided as a society to apply ridiculous don’t-speak-or-make-eye-contact elevator etiquette to our entire lives.

Not me!

Is there a song that gets you going no matter who is watching or listening? Go get it. Listen to it. Now.

Life is short.

Dance. Sing. Ignore the open-mouthed starers. Do your own version of the craaaazzzzyyy shake. Whatever dance it is you do when no one is looking (and you know you have at least one signature move, so don’t pretend you don’t), do it.

Maybe what the world needs isn’t more excitement. Maybe it’s tolerance. Maybe it’s an open mind. Maybe it’s appreciation for people’s sense of humor. Maybe we just all need to keep our eyes on our own Life’s dance and quit gaping at the lives of others.

Unless you’re staring at me at a stoplight. Feel free to look. You might learn a few moves. If nothing else, you’ll get a good laugh at the crazy woman with no shame.

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About Rebecca Mixon

If you attend my funeral, please wear red. Make sure my loved ones do not bury me in shoes, and make sure they don't let the undertaker make me look ridiculous. I want beautiful music and lots of storytelling. All that will be great once I'm gone from this Earth. But, while I'm here, give me my flowers while I live. It has come to my attention lately that we don't "give people their flowers" until it's too late for them to enjoy the beauty, the colors, the sentiment. I'm changing that. The people in my life will know how they are appreciated and loved, and they will smell the aroma of their flowers as often as I get the chance to tell them. This blog is about the blessings in my life. Mainly, it's about the people who keep my world spinning on a good axis and help me realize that work, bills and stress mean nothing. Family counts. The rest is just gravy.
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One Response to What the world needs

  1. Jessica says:

    I love this! Mainly because I do the same thing! I swear there is nothing better than driving the stretch of road between Milo and Hamburg in the summer with the windows down belting whatever song at the top of my lungs. It’s so refreshing! Also, most mornings when I get off loud music is what gets me home safely 🙂

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