Is Your Life Yippy Skippy?

If you’ve never seen Mitzi Gaynor singing, I’m in love with a wonderful guy,  you’re missing something.

I’ve watched this scene many times because it’s so magical.  You see, she’s just met this wonderful guy, and she feels on top of the world.  There she is singing her heart out, dancing around unabashedly, complete with cartwheels.  And it all unfolds under the perfect backdrop—a heavenly sun-kissed beach.  The scene is one of the best expressions of joy I’ve seen—talk about being in love with life!

I used to go to the movies  a lot when I was a kid.  I loved the “larger than life” experience of being transported to a world of brilliant color where people stood on mountain-tops and broke out into song and dance.   I also remember leaving the theater with a distinct feeling of let-down as the lenses of my eyes adjusted once again to a black and white world of ordinary, everyday life.

Despite my innocence, I  knew instinctivelythat life should be joyful, but I couldn’t quite wrap my head around why it only happened in the movies, and not in real life.

I’ve come a long way from living alongside the smoke-stacked grey skies of England.  Who would have thought the little girl born into poverty would be living an abundant life one block from the Atlantic Ocean.  Indeed, my fear of mediocrity—or should I say, settling for less in life—always pushed me to want a magical life.   I’ve always believed that life’s got to have some magic or else what’s the point?

But that’s not to say that I jump and skip on the beach and break into song every day either.  Life can lose its luster at times.  We fall in love with the wonderful guy, live in the  beautiful house, buy a few “toys” and before you know it, we’re wondering where our next thrill is going to come from.  Even Mitzi Gaynor’s character eventually stopped dancing.

What I’ve discovered is that when I’m not feeling yippy-skippy about life, it’s usually because I’ve either stopped dreaming about new possibilities for myself, or I’m holding myself back from making the new dream a reality due to fear and complacency.

I may be a hopeless romantic, and I may be as corny as Kansas, but the little girl in me still insists that the choreography of my life be magically expressed and in full Technicolor.   I intend to find things that make me want to jump around, sing out loud and maybe even attempt a few cartwheels.   How about you?

Click Here to watch Mitzi Gaynor

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