Def. From The Oxford English Dictionary – “Attractive, lively and animated”.When was the last time you allowed yourself to be really vivacious? What I mean by that is the ability to express your joy, your vibrancy, your spark, fully.
I was out with friends recently having dinner in a restaurant, and the four of us had so much fun together, laughing, taking silly photos, telling funny stories. We were almost hysterical at times and it was wonderful. We freely expressed our joy together, each of us bouncing off the others’ energy.
The restaurant was large and busy, so that helped. But that wasn’t the point – the point was we allowed ourselves to be really playful and have full-on fun, and honestly, I haven’t laughed as hard as I did that night, for quite some time and it was good. And we didn’t need alcohol to help us to be as giggly and ebullient as we were that night.
Sometimes you hear small children laugh like that: it’s a delicious laughter that often times as adults we learn to control and make more socially acceptable. Why? What is the harm in expressing your energy of joy, your wellspring of bubbling energy that is life? Of course there are times to be appropriate, but there are also times to just let yourself go and have a damn good belly laugh, and enjoy the excitement of simply being alive, to express your exuberance, your effervescence.
Because you do possess that. All humans do. And that is a part of who you are, and how you can show up in the world.
I love this quote from E.M. Forster as it reminds me that we can bring our vivacity to all areas of our lives, not just when we’re having fun.
Forster speaks of a full-on YES to the joy of being alive, and to whatever Life sends. To not shut down, but to open up, to not drop your head down in resignation, but to lift your head up high and say Yes! I will bring my energy of alive-ness to all that comes my way and respond from that wellspring within.
So today, allow yourself to be totally, utterly and completely full on excited.
It will make a difference to your experience of life.
Put on your favourite dance music, and go for it!
Watch a funny movie and let yourself laugh fully.
Call a friend and tell them in no uncertain terms how much they mean to you: no editing!
Open up your arms, stretch your body and make some noise – I like whooping!
Above all, enjoy. We don’t have a lot of time, so use it wisely. Use it as a child would, in the moment, totally absorbed and engaged with the miraculous environment in which we live. Live this moment, full-out and full-on.
VIVE LA VIVACITY!