Peek-a-boo Life Part 2

When I wrote the first part of this, I got some response to the fact that I had equated peek-a-boo with fear. I did not intend that it would affect the response to the game of peek-a-boo we all play with kids or each other.

When you think about it, one of the responses to the phrase of peek-a-boo is a startle, which comes as a reaction to fear. If someone pops around a corner and says, “peek-a-boo!” you are startled.

Now, if you are passing a building and look in the window and see a party going on, you want a peek, and maybe to be able to join, but it isn’t possible. Maybe because you don’t have the time, or you don’t know anyone there and possibly, you are a bit afraid of what will happen if you do more than peek-a-boo.

But if you are brave and go in the door, you find you can join in and have some fun. Or you may just stay at the edge of the fun. You feel you don’t belong because you don’t know what they are doing, but it makes you think you want to try it, but aren’t quite brave enough.

Then the unexpected happens. Someone grabs your hand and pulls you into the action, and you find it is a great deal of fun. And you are friendly with some of the attendees and they invite you to the next party or perhaps for a cup of coffee and a new part of your life opens up.

Maybe this party is a group of actors and are people you have always admired, but never got around to joining before. Now is your chance.

You don’t have to take up acting, but you can enjoy the view and perhaps expand your horizons a bit.

The thing is, don’t let life be passed by. Open the door. Ask someone if you can join. Sometimes, just open the door.

 

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9 thoughts on “Peek-a-boo Life Part 2

  1. So true. I spent years rushing by saying nothing and minding my own business, and those were some dull and lonely years. I love this sweet example, love those moments where good nature or curiosity get the better of me (or somone else) and a chance meeting occurs, a friendship ensues. There is a mood to the things you write which is calming and simple. The fact that you don’t overcomplicate things is a delight to me.

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    1. Yes, very encouraging. I have spent most of my life being scared and excluded and therefore learnt pre-emptive self-exclusion! Sometimes you do need people to pull you in. Reminds me of my parents literally having to drag me to birthday parties when I was small. Open the door. Instead of waiting for it to be opened. Love it!

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  2. Just reading about walking into that party made me anxious, but I get it. Reminded me of the first time I walked into a large writers group, all strangers to me, knowing I’d be judged. That was years ago. By opening that door I learned much and made good friends. I agree with Tonia about the mood in your writing. Nice!

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  3. I like the multiple possible meanings of peekaboo. I hear ya, though. I’ve gotten tired of waiting to be invited. I’ve always had the curiosity/peer-in part down, but the walking in part is much, much newer and still pretty trembly at times. I love how you’ve presented this, sort of a hypothetical situation–makes me think of what C.S. Lewis called a “supposal” (suppose this were the case, suppose that happened, etc….but in story form).

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  4. In the on-line world, we peek in an appealing “window” and voila, our reticence kicks in. The whole idea is to “Join the conversation!” and respond and become part of the group. I’m so glad I am learning to do this. I have found a world of writing friends, just like Debbie Simorte says. 🙂

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