Less than 24 hours ago my self-published book, The Sea People, was released for purchase. Needless to say, I was excited.
Sure, the prospects of earning some income from book sale royalties is way cool, but it's bigger than that. Holding this glossy, 7x10, nugget of achievement represents countless hours of sitting at the drawing table, conjuring imagery of each little Sea Person. Watching them come to life with each layer of ink I applied, wondering, who will be next? It's all of the social media updates followed by followers' encouragement, praise, and 'atta-girl's. It's all of the hours spent learning and evolving the craft. It's the time invested in writing the poem to go with it, and being brave enough to share those words with the world. It's page layout, cover design, and multiple fails. This book represents starting a major project and seeing it through, something I'm not always good at. But here it is. Proof of my efforts. Not for anyone else, but for me. And that, is exciting.
Right, I was about to say, "So, you should get excited about something."
It's one of the raddest (most rad?) things I think you can do, BECAUSE, it makes everything else in your life a zillion times better. Sure, you can wake up and do your day over and over again and see it as nothing more than mundane. OR, you can wake up and get excited about something "smaller" than a vacation or a car. Get excited about holding that plank for an extra 10 seconds (that's a workout move, not a piece of wood). Get excited about pefecting your coffee brewing skills. Get excited about the stuff your kid learns, chances are, it will get them excited, too... For me, I get excited about more things than I can count. Some things I'm currently excited about:
-Training my dog
-Getting an MRI next week. Dude, seriously? Every ounce of science that goes into that is amazeballs. Just think about it, pictures of your insides, using magnets? WTH? That's so cool! ...and no worries, we're just taking a little looksie inside to see about some potential wonky disks or something...
-Pefecting the biscuit
-Dancing this weekend
-Putting my laundry away - it looks like my closet thew up
Getting excited about (finally) putting my laundry away, or an MRI makes putting the laundry away and being still inside of a capsule SO much more enjoyable. How does one get excited about such things?
STEP 1: Take your ego, fear, negative anticipation out of the equation.
STEP 2: Look at the experience as a whole, then break it down, piece by piece. Find something worth admiring/enjoying about all of the small parts of the experience.
STEP 3: Be with the experience. Don't be somewhere else. When you're in the dentist chair, BE in that chair. Feel your body in it. See the meticulously cleaned and arranged instruments. Hear the hilarious soft rock remakes of all the classic songs.
STEP 4: Then, think about the education and training that goes into this job. Think about your tooth that wasn't once there. You were a baby, grew a tooth, lost it, and now you have this grown-up tooth, rooted in your gums, somehow attached to your nervous system, which the dentist can temporarily numb, so they can do the work on your tooth, which you use for chewing the food that you bought at the store, that was grown by farmers who (we hope) has the good forturne to have teeth. You have teeth. That's exciting. Not everyone has their teeth, or a dentist to take care of them. Grattitude is a turn-on. Turn yourself on and get grateful.
So, I think it's the honoring of the thing or experience, instead of the dreading of it, that creates the excitment. Instead of dreading something, find reasons to honor it. Instead of seeing a dentist appointment as something that's taking you away from something more enjoyable, maybe try to see it as something you get to do. I get to care for my teeth. That's cool. I believe the more we practice this way of thinking, the more enjoyable all of life becomes. Even the "shitty" parts.
So, like I said before, you should get excited about something, anything. Lots of things, even, no matter how pedestrian they may be. The four steps mentioned above are just what *I* do. You may have your own steps to getting excited about stuff. I'd LOVE to know what those are!
Now, if you'll excuse me, I've gotta go brush my teeth. WOOT!