Mele Kalikimaka is the Thing to Say
What I love even more about it though is the message. Isn't this often the way we live our lives? We see something unpleasant and we walk right into it. Or we know something is going to be painful and we just keep walking as though perhaps the outcome could be something other than what we know is going to happen. If we were really honest with ourselves we would say "If I walk straight into this hornet's nest, it will hurt like aytch-ee-double hockeysticks, maybe I should try something different." I believe it was Einstein who said; "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
It's one thing to see and recognize the hornet's next. It's something entirely different to step off the path and go somewhere unknown in order to avoid it.
Because really that's the rub isn't it? What if we just changed everything, shook it up, said no, stopped pretending, fell down, got messy, made a mistake and tried again, looked like a fool? We belly up to the pain like we belly up to a bar, because numbness is surely better than trying something that has risks. Sometimes letting go of the bar means falling off the stool and realizing just how messed up we really are. It means sobering up and facing life head on without the anesthetizing comfort of things as they have always been, no matter how much we hate them.
I've lived that numb life. I've let go and pedaled and floundered; fell down and looked the fool. Most days I still look the fool to most folks, I suppose. But I think, I think, the key, maybe, is recognizing where I am headed, and making sure I really want what I am walking into. I don't expect everything will turn out as planned, I just expect to have one heck of a good time getting there feeding lake fish, conversing with snakes, listening to Bing Crosby sing Christmas carols at top volume, watching herons dance, shutting out the nay-sayers, squatting at the intersection to catch that just-too-perfect shot.
I can just keep walking into the hornet's nest or I can grab my ukulele, thumb my nose and start singing "Mele Kalikimaka" Life's going to happen. I get to choose what song I am singing and what path I'm traveling while it does.