Lark: A Carefree, Spirited, or Spontaneous Adventure; Something Done for Fun; To Enjoy Oneself by Behaving in a Playful, Mischievous Way.
I love the word lark. I love the sound of the word, the meaning, and the various ways it can be used in a sentence. Lark has a personal tie back to my childhood, too. Some nights, when my family and I were up late past our bedtime, I remember my father asking, “Who’s up for a lark?” This question was followed by giddy screams and, “I am!” Moments later we were off and on our way.
It didn’t matter where we were going. It could have been to a late night movie, or to get a late night treat. The fact that we were leaving the house unexpectedly, spontaneously and with adventure on our minds was what made it special.
Today, I strive to continue the tradition by going on spontaneous larks whenever and however possible. Spur of the moment adventures and surprises to the beach, exploring new hiking trails, supporting local theatres, comedy clubs, or theme parks, or just packing up the car for a road-trip… There are always playful, spirited larks waiting to be had.
Part of what make larks special though, is exploring things you never imagined would be your “cup of tea.” Staying in your comfort zone will leave your larks… well, unlarkable. 😉 Push yourself to dabble in the new. Try new hobbies. Explore new themes. Maybe your loved ones enjoy painting, rock climbing, sci-fi, motorcycles, or chess. Even if these things never interested you before, take the opportunity, give them a chance. You might be surprised. It works for me all the time.
A while back when asked to go to a Renaissance Fair, I didn’t know how to feel about the idea. I wasn’t sure it would be for me. Plus I was concerned about the gas money, ticket prices, and the fact that this Ren Fair was going to take up an entire Saturday that I needed to work. But I had to give it a chance. I owed it to myself to dabble, experiment, explore, live life to the fullest, find treasures in unexpected places, etc. So I mustered up my “lark my life” attitude and went to the Renaissance Fair. And yes, I had a BLAST! I even got the dress.
Listen to the world around you. People will surprise you. Life will surprise you. Let it! To meet each day like this—living with an open, carefree attitude, to trust, and to find these adventures—is how my personal motto became: “Lark Your Life.”
Whatever the future holds, make your way with a lark!
Okay… I love that too. Guess I have a second motto now. 😉