Years ago, I worked for a family foundation who’s sole purpose was to improve education. It was a dream job when I started; but as so often happens, things changed. My boss quit to travel the world; the woman who took her place … well, let’s just say she had an agenda all her own. It was a rough couple years, but we attempted to make the best of it. For starters, we implemented monthly celebrations. One of the first was the 4th of July. Anyone who saw our coup de grâce–adults in suits and heels, having foam airplane competitions–would have assumed all was right with the world.
We had a great one planned for Fat Tuesday–we were going to cook us up some Cajun food, bake a King cake, fling beads about … hold a mini float competition. If things hadn’t completely fallen apart days before, it would have been some good times!
I still keep in touch with those girls–I like to think it was our ability to laugh in the midst of hardship that bound us together.
So whether or not you partake in Mardi Gras festivities, I hope you find a hint of celebration in your day. Play a little … laugh a lot … whip yourself up mojito, or simply splurge and buy yourself a caramel macchiato. Wherever you go, whatever you do, take a bit of time to kick back and simply enjoy life …