Sunday, August 14, 2011

Dirty silly fun

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of participating in the Warrior Dash- a 3-mile extreme obstacle course. The race itself was fun, but what I enjoyed most was the time I got to spend with my dearest friend in the world. The drive to and from the race was 3 hours each way, so we got to talk the whole way there and back, starting early in the morning with a serious discussion about the Catholic Church. As the day lightened, the conversation did, too.

One of the things I brought up was the fact that somehow over the last few years, I have lost some of my silly side. "Lost" may not be the best word. I haven't practiced having fun or being silly nearly enough lately. My serious nature buried much of my silly side. Thank goodness for my nephews and niece, godchildren, and the other children in my life or I'd be hopelessly stuck in my serious nature. This is not to say I don't have silly moments with people other than kids, but over the last few years, those moments have become fewer and fewer.

When I said all this, my friend agreed. I am so grateful she suggested we participate in the Warrior Dash. It seemed to be a pretty good place to start recovering some of my silly side. The race obstacles involved crawling or jumping over, under, and through various things. The last 2 obstacles were jumping over fire and crawling through mud. It is hard to take oneself seriously when covered in mud. And we were covered in mud. The mud wasn't the only ridiculousness. Lots of people raced in costumes. They were dressed as superheroes, hula girls, certurions... One woman was wearing a prom dress... And by the end of the race, they were all covered in mud. (There was a nice pond to get cleaned up, sort of, after the race.) And along with the standard race T-shirts, we received fuzzy warrior helmets. It is also difficult to take oneself seriously when wearing a fuzzy warrior helmet. The race was good, clean (well, maybe not so clean) fun, just what I needed.

Along with the many serious reasons I am looking forward to my upcoming journey, I can't wait to immerse myself in whatever joy and fun might present itself, much like I was immersed in mud yesterday. I'll keep you posted as to whether or not any of it is as dirty as the Warrior Dash. :)

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