In this week’s edition of “Random Thoughts Bouncing Around Kris Fisher’s Head,” we contemplate the question: What truly excites you?
Earlier this week, it was how I kicked off the usual daily texts between my wife and myself … on a Monday morning, no less.
When you first hear the question, it seems easy. A trip to the beach, a cold beer after a long day of work, football season, all things that excite me. But I told her to think back to when she was a kid, the feeling we got when we were going to Six Flags (well, for her it was Cedar Point) — that butterflies-in-your-stomach, can’t sleep, counting down the days kind of excited. When is the last time you’ve been that excited? Here’s the other catch: It can’t be a relationship or family thing, only because those are too easy. She was stumped, as was I.
I decided to take my act on the road. I asked most of the people I came in contact with that day. Out of everyone I asked, one guy had an immediate answer. A colleague told me that he was genuinely excited to fly to Detroit in August to see Electric Light Orchestra because he was going to “drink lots of beer and watch an effing spaceship land.” Then he added: “Don’t judge me.” I didn’t. in fact, I kind of envy him.
Somehow, lately, I hate to admit, I’ve lost contact with what makes me truly excited. So, I’ve done a bit of soul-searching.
While I can’t remember that last time I’ve been that excited, the only thing that comes to mind is when my elaborate scheme for asking my wife to marry me was coming to fruition (but that was against my own rules, remember: no relationship/ family stuff), I thought of a few things that might get the ol’ monarchs and swallowtails churning in my tummy.
That trip to Australia I’ve always wanted could do it… or a motorcycle ride down the Pacific Coast Highway. I eventually came up with a few scenarios that might do the trick. Then I realized that the excitement brought on by those possibilities was counteracted by the dread of the cost of each endeavor. Which could explain why we experienced that excitement much more as kids. Ah, that’s it! Adulthood and financial responsibility stole my butterflies!
It shouldn’t be that way. Unless you’re a cat, we only get one chance at this life thing. So, what excites you? It’s a question posed to make you think about the things in life that truly bring you joy. So often, we get caught up in money, work and family duties that we forget to “stop and look around” once in a while. Ferris warned us about that!