Monday, June 1, 2009

Before I die, I'm getting NAKED in public AND riding a hot air balloon.


Less talking, more action. 

Less wanting, more having. Less complaining, more thanking. Less comparing, more appreciating. Less doubt, more certainty. Less guilt, more pleasure. These are the things I've been doing lately. Today, coincidentally enough that ended up putting me in a 100 DEGREE yoga room where I was sweating my hypothetical balls off...it was like a sauna in Africa. Or hell. 

But shit, it was on my list, THEE list....don't we all have one. A life list of some sort? Even if it isn't an actual piece of paper it's scribbled on some random gum-wrapper-sized unimportant section of your brain that gets thrown in the "brain's junk drawer" until further notice, or Spring cleaning. Then when you come across it again, you're like "oh yes.....I remember why I threw that there, because sweating my balls of in public, whilst shedding my inner toxins of red wine, coffee and neurosis makes me feel super vulnerable and uncomfortable." And P.S. there's no shock to the self esteem like staring at your sweaty ass in yoga pants for an hour....maybe walking around naked and painted like an alien is close, but still doesn't compare. 

Taking a hot yoga class isn't epic. It's just a thing. And that's exactly it....MOST of the things that are on our "life lists" aren't terribly epic, they just take some planning. It's like that load of laundry you're avoiding...you have to do it at some point. Some things take more planning, and more money than others....some ARE epic; Go to the Olympics. OR, perform on a major late night talk show. OR, tour Europe and get published in AT LEAST ten major publications....those all fall in various shades of "epic." Taking a pottery class, sweating your love handles into a mini reservoir in yoga class, learning how to make one TRULY FANTASTIC MEAL, planning a ride on a hot air balloon, taking a ballroom class, visiting Portland? Those aren't epic....they're things that can be activated by a simple action; DOING IT. 

Once in the middle of a college class my teacher put me in front of a class and taunted me to sing one of the hardest notes of my life, a note that could potentially crack windows, communicate with dogs, and/or leave people with bleeding, offended and broken eardrums. So I said, "I'll try....." and Miss Mama O (yes, that's her really name) said:


"YOU DON'T TRY TO PICK UP THE CHAIR. YOU EITHER DO IT OR YOU DON'T."


So when I sat down with My Love figuring out a plan of action to crossing of my ever growing "LIST" of some epic, some silly and seemingly insignificant "some days," and we decided to go with the mentality of
  1. That whole "the World is ending in 2012", so get the fuck on it and 2. No try. Only do.

Today, I did yoga. Not that I haven't taken yoga for years because I have, but this particular yoga, in this particular location- I'd never taken and always wanted to...so here I was, very impulsively signing up and laying my clean face in a pool of my discarded toxins and quivering like a humiliated puppy. And I have to say...nothing felt better. 

Who knows, maybe this blog will get to turn into my "life list" journeys....and if that's the case, you should all be fucking excited. I'm quite sure I get naked somewhere on that list. 



What's one thing on YOUR "list"....(it doesn't have to be EPIC, it could be "learning how to sleep without the hall light on")

48 comments:

Meeks said...

Sing on stage again. Get paid to write. Play volleyball again. The list is endless. Thanks for making me think about it.

nicoleantoinette said...

I crossed wine tasting off my list this weekend! Not at all epic, but something I probably wouldn't have been as likely to stop and do if it weren't for the list. Clearly, I'm all about the list- which you already know.

floreta said...

before i die i'd like to be a black belt and do the splits.

sid said...

I liked this. Think I might put my own list on my blog.
1) Write a book.
2) Take a ballet class.
3) Ride an elephant.
4) Volunteer at an orphanage.
There's just soooo much I want to do.

Susan said...

Did you hit the note?

I am learning Spanish, not quite epic, but we'll see if I can get fluent. I recently wrote a semi-similar post about goals too!

Sebastian said...

I made part of my bucket list recently...

Let's go with #1: Get married in a large cathedral.

But that requires someone else...

tmamone said...

1. Write a book
2. Get married
3. Visit Italy

There's more, but that's all I can think of for now.

BTW, what's with the randomly bolded sentences? It's distracting.

Matt said...

I have alot of shit on my list... some personal, so not so much personal...

like the Denver marathon! Thats on my list and I plan on running the whole damn thing. My shins and knees are killing me right now...

[F]oxymoron said...

I want to learn how to make balloon animals! Really, it's on my 101 in 1001 days list.

shine said...

I did hot power yoga once. I sort of...wanted to kill myself afterward. But then I realized that I didn't know enough about yoga to do any of the poses right, so I started with a beginners' class somewhere else. And I don't hate it as much.

On my list?

1. Get paid to write.
2. Go on a vacation to a tropical place all by myself.
3. Does "pay off my student loans" count?

brookem said...

been wanting to try one of those overheated yogas for a while now. wait, i dont mean "try"... i mean DO IT.

a couple of mine?
1- have a straight up bloody mary sunday party
2- go to ireland and maybe never come back?
3- live by the fucking ocean
4- become a certified instructor of something

chattervault said...

1. Learn to speak Spanish fluently
2. Finish my script and produce it
3. Work on ONE big budget nerd film (just as a PA if that's what it took) but I'd take getting paid steadily for any film/tv job (now, not so steady)
4. Visit the city of Petra
5. Learn some form of martial arts

Maxie said...

overcome my fear of heights

Surfergrrl said...

right now #1 on my list is, find a job I love.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

Meeks- those are GREAT things....do it :)

Nicole- indeed I do know and I miss you.

floreta- that's bad ass.

sid- ride an elephant is on mine too, cheers to that!

susan- OF COURSE I HIT THE NOTE!!!! :) Because, I decided i could, so I did. sometimes it's really that simple.

sebastian- I have thet "get married" bit on mine as well, minus the church.

tmamone- I do that because when I'm typing it, it's what's STANDING OUT IN MY HEAD....that's why. I know it may not make sense ot other people, but it makes sense to me and would seem weird if I DIDN'T bold them..... :)

MATT- I'M DOING IT TOOO!!! I'm kind aslacking on the training party, but i'm doing it. And so is Brashman and my dadddy!!

foxymoron- that's pretty cute. What animal do you want to make?

shine- 3. FUCK YEAH IT DOES!

brookem- can I come to #1? and #2 and #3 are on mine as well.

chattervault- that's a really bad ass list.

maxie- I'll jump out of a plane with you?

surfergrrl- I think thats a neccesity. I know you'll find it :)

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

Yeah, I guess you're right, we all have some sort of list. A list which we one way or another forget about and all the sudden just out of the blue it pops back into our brain and reminds us of things we planned on doing before a certain time but never got to doing. hmmm...well, I had a close call with not the end of the world,but almost the end of my life situation last saturday... It reminded me of my list and things that I wanted to get done... I have tons, but basically to name a few:
1.)I'd love to get back into Nursing. I graduated with a degree in Nursing but decided not to work in the hospital because it was too depressing. But being able to help others is very fulfilling.
2.) Learn to use Photoshop. I have this installed in my computer but never really knew how it worked.
3.) Treat my family to a vacation summer maybe in Europe. =)

Teresa said...

Swimming with dolphins, publishing a book, learning photography!

just me said...

To make DAMN good money being a screenwriter. That's basically it.

..Also, you did Bikrham, right? Hardest yoga ever. Loved it at the end, hated it while it was happening...

Hal said...

Have a road trip! Which incidentally I am doing this July!!! Woot woot.

I have plenty more but I'm so excited to cross this one off my list I'm not focusing on any of the others such as....backpack through Australia, bungee jump, visit Greece, join a Masters swim team (had to have a realistic one)

whattakes said...

My one big thing that I have been dying to do, is back flip my BMX bike. I got my first BMX when I was five, but my parents are really against me back flip. Racing is fine, tricks are bad. I figure at 23, they can't be mad now.

Je said...

So many things on the life list, it's going to take me my entire life to finish it. Here's hoping I finish it!
I took example from Nicole and posted a Bucket List/ life list on my blog.
I finally crossed the first one off two weeks ago - take a sushi making class!
It was SO fun. I love having a list of things that expand my mind.

Andrea said...

I just published the most-recent revision of my list. You're right - most of it is totally doable. Some is expensive.

Hot yoga is my favorite.

Ali said...

Skydiving.

Ryan said...

Skydiving, Marriage, Have a Garden, Play Music on Conan, Set foot on almost every continemt, live in the mountains and on the beach, and most importantly, to stop daydreaming and do it.

Jay Ferris said...

Just so you know, getting naked on your blog would be pretty much the same thing as doing it in public.

M.J. said...

Own my own business, be it a bed and breakfast or a nonprofit. It's part of my five-year plan. That makes me sound old and stogy doesn't it? Five-year plan...

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

chinkygirlmel- I DEFINIETLY have "buy something nice for parents" and that one is good.

teresa- agreed, take a photography class is on my list. Even if I'm not good at it!

just me- I've done bikram, but I actually did HOT YOGA...its a little different more Vinyasa than static poses.. its pretty killer.

hal- i WANT TO GO TO GREECE SO BAD! Where are you roadtripping?

whattakes- that's effing fantastic.


Je- I love that people are haring their lists! I need to figure out a way to put my whole list up on the blog too.

andrea- I'll check it out!

ali- YEP THAT'S ON MINE!

Ryan- I'm really happy we're going to do all of that together :)

Jay Ferris- HM, doesn't scare me as much. I think actually people in close proximity would be much more scary. You do have a point though. Wow, I think I'd lose my readers and maybe gain lots o creepos.

mj- no I think that a five year plan is great :) and so are bed and breakfast'!

Melissa Leeanne said...

It's funny that you posted about this to-do list because I am going to be fulfilling one of the items this Thursday. Going sea kayaking! I told my friend who is taking me that it is one of the items on my to-do-in-Alaska list.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

Melissa- that was on my list and guess what!? I did it too in Sanibel Island this summer. Also went paddleboarding, which was on the lsit and was awesome!

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

OH I ALSO ADDED- TAKE A RIDE IN A HELICOPTER....among five million other things.

Katelin said...

my list involves attending the academy awards. it will happen one day :)

Larissa said...

I want to write and publish something...anything, really. That would be the coolest.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

katelin- THAT IS A FANTASTIC ONE!

Larissa- ALSO A FANTASTIC ONE.

Carol said...

I would love to ride in a hot air balloon!

Vanessa said...

Walk down into the Grand Canyon. Travel to the moon (yes, I really believe this will be possible in my lifetime). Teach someone to read. Swim with dolphins. Ride a tandem bike. The list is endless, but doable.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

vanessa- TANDEM BIKE! AH! I need to add that to my list!

Chessa! said...

"you should all be fucking excited" - ok, now I really love this blog.
I have so much shit on my "list" - there are so many things...learn how to play guitar, write a book, learn how to speak Italian, rent a villa in Tuscany or Provence, visit Australia and New Zealand, have babies...

Chessa! said...

ps--I just shared your blog on my FB page. I heart it.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

chessa- thank you!!!

Lily said...

I fucking LOVE this post. first of all, I love yoga. Second, I've done Hot Yoga (at CorePower) and it KICKS MY ASS and leaves me begging for sweet mercy but also makes me feel fucking amazing. My life list? I have most of it scribbled down in a notebook and the rest of it on that gum wrapper in my brain of which you speak. i can't bring myself to post it but i will... soonish... speaking of soonish, can't wait to meet/see/room with you in Chicago!

La Petite Belle said...

i think you just made me want to take yoga!

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