The One Word Inspiration series is a guest post series on Clear the Way which asks different visiting bloggers to share whatever they are inspired to share when they hear only one word. The word changes each month and today Marlen from Messages on a Napkin is here to share her inspiration from the word explode. Make sure you read her last OWI post on the word “opening” too!
I’m going to admit something to you: I’m not always so gung-ho happy as I make myself out to be. There are moments where I wake up in the morning and I’m just all “God no” and proceed to do the double-hand-scrub-over-my-face-thing as I force myself to start the day. There are times where I fall into a routine and hear someone sigh loudly in the kitchen, and then get a little startled that that noise actually came from me. There are moments where I don’t like what I’m doing and I don’t want to do it anymore. As in: life path wise.
But then there are those other moments that make me feel, well, there’s no other word for it. Delighted. It’s usually the smallest thing, but man does it just spill itself all over the place. One moment I’m standing by the deck door, and then the next this punch of “happy” just explodes out of nowhere and demands I run with it. And all because I opened the sliding door and this breeze of warm air came blowing through, playing with my ankles.
Which made me think of crashing through the screen door when I was little, right after having a sprinkler war with my brothers in our tiny inter-city backyard. Hair dripping, chubby hands curled into little fists, demanding my mom hands over the Popsicles in my loudest little-girl-war-shriek.
Which made me feel so happy to be living back at home, wandering the same rooms as my family after so many months apart.
And so there I was, standing in the kitchen, trying to catch my balance after a mini explosion of happy decided to shake things up. It fizzes, it pops, it sends white hot light through your veins, and it makes it so hard not to love life.
Marlen lives in Chicago where she blogs about thrifty fashion, writing endeavors, and life in general. She is a gifted writer and her openness makes her blog Messages on a Napkin a refreshing, beautiful, and uplifting space.