color me 101

It’s easy to be heavy and hard to be light.  I have half a dozen mantras that play through my mind at any given time, but that simple reminder to feel and spread joy might be my favorite.  Yesterday began with a girls brunch at a rizty downtown hot spot, and once the kate/apple/spinach smoothies were gone and the bills were paid, we decided to paint pottery at popular children’s art studio.  
As you might imagine, we were the oldest guests by at least 10 years, but we spent three good hours giggling, chatting, creating, and wondering whether brunch&painting should become a Saturday morning ‘thing.’  The painting made us hungry, so we got ice cream with every.single.topping.  Of course, the children around us munched on classic concoctions like ‘vanilla with sprinkles.’  As for us?  Bring on the circus animal cookies and cookie dough bites.
The day ended with a trip to the dog park where we got into a discussion about ideal age.  A friend said that she loved being playful and was pretty sure she was meant to be 15, always.  Then another friend, Gigi, told us her grandpa’s theory that everyone has an age they ‘hold onto’ – so if you really love being 15, for example, you live like you’re 15 for the rest of your days.  
I’ve been surprised at how I’ve enjoyed every age more than the one before it- 16 was great, 17 was better, and so forth – and I have this feeling that I’m not at my ‘ideal age’ just yet.  Something tells me it’s going to be 31?  If I’m lucky, it’s 101, right?  

I was about to wrap this up, but now I’m wondering why we have so many movies where children wish to be adults – 13 going on 30, BIG, etc – but not so many where adults become children?  Wonder why?  Any thoughts?  And, perhaps more important, what’s your ideal age?

18 thoughts on “color me 101

  1. What a great topic for a post.
    I mean, for me.. every year has been so great because it has all lead up to my happiest year yet… this year!
    maybe ill think differently (hopefully not) as i grow older, but like you, i do feel like i’ve enjoyed every year more and more as I have passed them by.

    xo, Brikena

  2. I don’t know that I’ve reached my ideal age yet either. I suppose it could have been sometime in my early 20s, before I knew what being an adult meant and when the newness of it was all still so exciting, but I’d like to think the best years are still to come. 🙂

  3. Jealous of it all! I need to get my hands on some circus animal cookies. Also, I’m pretty sure I would be 16. Maybe 18. Or maybe 22, but if I was 22, I would want to feel less stressed/competitive.

  4. Hmmm I think that’s a great question! Most days, I feel like a very old soul- whereas on tough days, I feel like I’m back to 16!! It’s funny how that works, right!? I guess mine just changes from day to day 🙂

  5. I love those painting places! So much fun! I only wished I lived a bit closer so I could join you on these weekend outings!

    I think my ideal age is 23. I was done figuring out who I was, found the love of my life, and was truly happy. 🙂

  6. Oh, how I love this. That sounds like such a wonderful day! And an ideal age…what an interesting topic. Hmm. That’s a tough one for me. I thought 18 was great, but I definitely don’t think I’m stuck there. I’ve loved the growth I’ve had in the years since, and I’d have to agree with you, each year seems to keep getting better than the last! I’m probably not there yet, either. Which is fine with me 🙂

  7. Sounds like such a blissful Saturday! I don’t know exactly what to think about ideal age….maybe, for now, it’s 19. I know Angel still thinks I am 19 most of the time because I was 19 when we got married and he occasionally forgets I’m not that age anymore. People who don’t know me well enough to know that I have both a husband and a college degree mistake me for 19, probably because of my wardrobe and general carefree-ness. But if I’m 19, I’m an “old” 19.

  8. Hmm…I don’t think I’ve hit my ideal age yet either. I think I’m destined to have an old lady personality! 🙂 I would love to be a part of your Saturday “thing” someday. It sounds like so much fun!

  9. I can’t believe I’m 29. I feel like I know about enough to be ummm, 12. I haven’t really held on to any age in particular – I just never feel like I am as adult-ish as I thought I would be at xyz age.

    Here’s to each year being better than the one before!

  10. Such a sweet post! I loved painting pottery at that place as a kid! I think we went there for a couple of birthday parties…so darn fun! There are certain books that always transport me back to my childhood….Peter Pan being one of them. That book always transports my imagination back to my elementary school self!

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