This is my 50th blog entry... makes me want to jump, jump, jump!
Today I typed "jump" into the Flickr search box, resulting in 825,644 photos. It was like watching the whole world jump at once. My lips parted into a smile I just couldn't shake, while "Live Your Life" by T.I. featuring Rihanna sung through my headphones, sending tingles of joy through my veins.
There is something so freeing, so joyful, so brave, so resilient about people leaping, jumping, defying gravity, or perhaps defying life. Life is tough, so they say, but through it all thousands of people still find it in themselves to celebrate what life has given them. To forget self-consciousness and fear, to fling themselves into the air.
Jumping can be brave. A jump off a waterfall, an adreilene rush. Jumping can be joyful. A jumping shot snapped at a wedding, and enternal glimpse of celebration of love. Jumping simply because something so good happened, something that drives you to loose all inhibitions and bounce off the ground, airborne.
One detail I noticed throughout almost all the Flickr captures of jumps, were enormous grins. Perhaps jumping is just an extension of a smile. From your mouth, to your feet. An infectious joy you just can't stop.
Go ahead. Jump on your bed. On a trampoline. Leap into the pool. Off the couch. Ignore the stares of strangers, and skip, leap, and jump in the street. Bungee jump. Sky dive. Just jump!
But...assuming you're not a natural jumping bean, what do you do to express joy? And/or can you remember any events or things that have happened in your life that just literally made you jump up into the air?
Photo Credits: www.flickr.com/photos/jgual & www.flickr.com/photos/thed80project & www.flickr.com/photos/eric_phillips & www.flickr.com/photos/melancon