I entered the cafe, spotting the girls at our usual table. It was lunchtime and the noise was deafening, plates clattered and the coffee machine whirred. We spoke loudly and the topics shifted from kids activities and performances to school reports and teachers.
I briefly wondered what it would be like to meet someplace else, someplace quiet, somewhere more intimate.
I overheard a group talking excitedly at the table beside me. They all had cameras in their hands and were discovering the function of the various dials. I tuned in and realised they were on a camera walk, this was a photography class on the move.
I watched them leave, mesmerised as they slowly made their way along the street. Each person stopping several times to capture something near the ground or up in the sky. I wondered what they could see and how they noticed the unusual?
I wondered if I too could do something interesting like them.
A distinct feeling began to stir within me. Subtle at first, and then as I paid attention, a more powerful tug.
A deep wondering that would pull me away from a life spent languishing in contentment and steer me toward the excitement of possibility and opportunity.
As I farewelled my friends I took a moment in the car, soaking up this long lost feeling of wonder.
I recalled a deeply tender moment from many years ago. An afternoon when I stood in my house, hands wrapped across my swollen belly. My heart overflowing with delicious anticipation as I wondered about my future as a Mum.
That feeling was creeping back, my very own precious wonder, breathing new life once again into my future.
I grabbed my shopping list, flipped it over and quite simply wrote I Wonder…..
I wrote frantically, capturing everything I thought about doing and experiencing. I pushed aside my guilt and dismissed all the ‘shoulds’ as I wrote with wild abandon.
In this moment, in my car, anything was possible.
This urge to explore the unknown now pushing hard against my self imposed boundaries.
In the coming weeks I began to wonder even more. Opening wide my eyes and tuning my ears in to the world, seeking the endless opportunities that could await.
As I reread my list I became filled with equal parts fear and excitement. It was time for action and one simple word would change everything……YES.
As I draped myself in courage I filtered my Wonder List through fear, finance and time. Funnelling the possibilities into a realistic list of Yes.
A YES list I continue to check off one wonder at a time.
Instead of languishing through life cooking meals, driving kids around, answering emails and collecting your pay cheque open yourself up wide to wonder.
Capture your curious ponderings, create a list and then with courage in hand add a juicy dose of Yes to the mix.
It may be as simple as wondering what it would be like to move the sofa across the room or taking a yoga class. Or maybe your wonders are big like moving interstate or diving with sharks?
As you mark off each beautiful YES I have a wild crazy feeling that your future will become even more fabulous than today.
Let’s begin now, what do you wonder ??????