When I Die, I Want To Be a Pink Firework!
I didn’t even know it was possible. Until last night. I didn’t know that after you die you can have your ashes made into FIREWORKS! Seriously! You can’t make this stuff up! (Well, you COULD make it up, actually I guess, but I’m NOT making it up!) Where did I find out this profound and amazing way to get rid of yourself after you’ve gotten rid of yourself? The movie POM. That’s where! More about that in a minute, because actually, going to the movie is what this article is about. But I digress, once again, to becoming a firework. Since it IS a real thing, I’m just laying it out there for everyone who is left behind after I’m gone. If they don’t take my whole body for science, and there is anything left behind, please make me into a firework. Or two. Pink would be my preference, unless they can do one that explodes into a crown shape. Then I’d prefer to be a crown shape. Maybe gold. Or a pink one and a gold crown. Whatever you can do to make the biggest possible SPLASH as I am remembered for the last time on earth. I want to go out with a BANG!
OK, now that THAT is settled……… on to what the article is REALLY about.
POM Movie Madness!
Girls night out a few nights ago was to see the new Diane Keaton movie POM. This is a movie about a bunch of women in a retirement community who decide to form a cheerleading group. We had a group of 12 women, ranging from 50’s to the just-past-mid 80’s. And, you know me. We can’t just go to a movie, walk in and sit down. Heck no! We needed to add a little SPICE to the event…….. so about half of us went dressed as……. what else? CHEERLEADERS!
You may think that would be the silliest or stupidest thing in the world. Go right ahead and think that. I know better. Maybe YOU wouldn’t do it, but that’s probably because you aren’t nearly as much fun as I am. And my friend Stella is. And some of my other friends are!
Here is the thing folks. I’m WAY past the stage where I worry about what people think of me. No matter WHO you are, there are gonna be haters out there. Even if I was the most perfect, smartest, most together person in the world (I’m none of those things and never going to be…. but IF, it’s an IF I put out there) there would still be haters with something negative to say. So, I don’t worry, I don’t care. I just go ahead and be outrageously FUN, and enjoy every darned minute that I can in life. After all, like I often say- YOU DON’T KNOW WHEN THEY ARE GOING TO CALL IN YOUR CHIP! It could be tomorrow. Or next week. Or when you are sleeping tonight. (That’s a kind of creepy thought, huh?)
“We are all so worried about what everyone else is thinking, but of course, the only thing that really matters is what we think of ourselves.” Diane Keaton in POMS
So, instead of worrying about other people’s impression of me, I just constantly think of something new, something fun, something entertaining that I can partake in, and invite those around me to join in. Sometimes it’s a bit much for others’ taste, and they don’t come along for the ride. Sometimes they come along for the ride, but they aren’t sitting in the front of the roller-coaster (that seat is reserved for Stella and me anyway!) They may take a seat further back, where they can be a part of the fun, but not quite so far “out there.” That’s all fine and good too!
Years ago I volunteered for hospice. I sat next to the bed of a number of people as they took their last breaths. Never once did I hear a person say, “Gee, I wish I didn’t dress in that silly costume that time” or “Gee, I wish I hadn’t had as much fun in life as I did.” NOPE. The regrets that I heard about in life were that they had worked too hard, or worried to much about unnecessary things, or they hadn’t taken time to be with their friends or family enough, perhaps they wish they had traveled more. My only regret will be – no matter HOW old I am when I die, is that I didn’t have more time. I will know though, that I spent my last years having as much fun as I possibly could, and that I filled every moment I could doing things I love.
That’s what I am referring to when I talk about Living a Royal Life. Many call it Living Your Best Life.
Living a Royal Life
There are so many quotes that I love about what others think of you, but this is one of my favorites:
“At 20 we worry about what others think of us. At 40 we don’t care what they think of us. At 60 we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all.” Ann Landers.
STOP WORRYING ABOUT WHAT OTHERS THINK OF YOU! It doesn’t matter and THEY don’t matter. Be outrageous. Be silly. Look like a nut! It’s worth it, believe me!
Are you MAKING memories in your day to day life? Are you experiencing fun times, and enjoying adventures, big and small in your life?
If you aren’t- what will it take to make your life a life you love?
Maybe you need a “cheerleader” in your life, to help you be on the winning team! There are a bunch of great cheerleaders in this group- give one of us a call and we’ll be over, Pom-poms in hand to help you to Live a Royal Life!
BTW- The POM movie is great. Get out and see it while it is in theaters if you can! (Check out POMS trailer here!) We all enjoyed it and the sweet life lessons that were taught in it! (Not to mention finding out you can be made into a firework after you die!) We also had a great time at Happy Hour at 333 Pacific in Oceanside, (Their happy hour includes $8.00 vodka specials, and the BEST brussel sprouts and calamari! YUM!) Then we walked the few blocks over to the Regal Theater. I’m sure there are people who are still wondering WHAT the heck they were seeing as we paraded by with our pom-poms! We had a few other patrons ask to take our picture and the manager of the theater asked if they could put us on the Regal website……….
So there you go. Silly fun, yes! A fabulous memory of time with the girls too! It’s what Living a Royal Life is all about!