I watched one of my role models command a room the other day. She leapt around, her pigtails bouncing. “I have stars on my pants” she squealed. She did. Her rather ordinary blue leggings had stars on them and she seemed over the moon.
“Can we go to the treat store?” Her smile was enduring, dimple on full display. “The treat store,” she emphasized, while the others around her considered their schedules and social etiquette.
We looked at each other, smiling.The treat store she was referring to was the local coffee shop and cafe, Jackson’s Corner. We all wanted to go, we just hadn’t scheduled or planned it. Her enthusiasm was contagious though. I was excited enough to jump in the hall myself.
We went with her suggestion. We set aside our “shoulds” for an hour and went to the cafe and sat, sipped, shared, and smiled.
My role model crumbled her scone and fidgeted in her seat and smiled until she didn’t. When she was ready to go she communicated it. We gathered our things and went out into a day that suddenly seemed sunnier than the one we had been facing an hour before.
As I walked to my car I thought about how my three year old niece had brought a small circle of women together by spreading her enthusiasm and speaking her mind. What if we were all so free with our enthusiasm and ideas? What if we put ourselves out there more, leaned into vulnerability? We might be told no, we might be disappointed at times, but I imagine the world would be brighter and more well connected. What are you enthusiastic about today?