Yesterday I was driving down the road, and I saw a group of kids – four or five of them, all probably between the ages of 8-11. They were skipping, and smiling. Not “skip-roping” but skipping. Just skipping along, happy as can be – laughing, smiling, and skipping.
When I saw them I smiled – then I thought,
“When was the last time that I skipped?”
“I don’t know……..maybe, never.”
Then I thought? Why not?
Today, when I was alone (so no one could see me – I’m still working up my courage on this one) I was feeling pretty good about life and my goals, so a did a little “trial skip” just to feel it out.
Felt pretty good.
So why is it socially unacceptable for adults to skip? When was the last time that you saw a businessperson, in a suit, with a fancy bag / briefcase / purse / whatever you want to call it just smiling and skipping to work.
We allow ourselves strange physical movements in “socially acceptable” contexts – ie. yoga, martial arts, aerobics, dances, festivals, even plays and performances – but in other contexts similar movements (like skipping on the way to work) would be considered a sign of mental instability.
I think a lot of our social “rules” that we have created as adults are silly, and they aren’t logical either.
Kids, at least when it comes to skipping, are much more rational. Their world isn’t defined by “contexts” and “settings” that have been created artificially, and they haven’t designed arbitrary, and illogical rules to define physical movement as appropriate here, and inappropriate there.
When they feel, they do – and they aren’t hurting anyone, so what’s the problem? Adults should model this.
I think I’m going to take up skipping in public.