Definition of effervescence Marriam-Webster:
1 : the property of forming bubbles: the action or process of effervescing
2 : an appealingly lively quality
Bubbles. I love watching my toddler daughter when she plays with bubbles! I love how she tightens her shoulders and holds her breath as I blow tiny bubbles into the air, her jumping up and down as she chases them, her exacerbation when she pops them, and her smiling pleading “again, again!” She is so alive, so full of anticipation. As her Dad, I get to feel the same effervescence just by being near her, I share in it, but it is not mine.
Responsibility, disappointments, cynicism, and exhaustion follow us into maturity. Maybe maturity is brought by them, but either way, we can lose our bubbles. We still have our joy, meaning, and purpose, but life can feel like a shallow breath – providing all the oxogen we need to survive, but not the calm and awareness needed to live. It takes deliberate practice to breathe, and I wonder if that isn’t the same with our effervescence.
I am going to find my “bubbles!” I don’t know where to look, but my first thought is to try to have fresh eyes & ears and find the familiar as new. So for the next 30 days, I will find something to experience again – but for the first time.
I don’t know what I will find, but whatever it is, I will share it here.