I have to tell you something that I saw yesterday that totally made me do a double take and gave me a good laugh. I was sitting in the carpool line to pick up my youngest. Everyone gets there like 30-40 minutes before the kids get out of school to get in line. Yes, I know it is ridiculous. The point is that we all sit there for a good amount of time. Anyway, I was sitting in my car reading a book when I saw another mom get out of her car. No big deal. Then I noticed her walking in circles around her car. I thought it was odd, but I figured she was trying to get some steps in and do a little exercise. I guess it is a good way to pass the time. Again, not a big deal. I carried on with reading my book. When I looked up again a few minutes later, she was not only walking in circles around her car, but she was now flat out dancing around her car. I’m not talking about just bobbing her head and swaying a bit either. She was full on dancing. I started to think it was a little odd because she had to know that we could all see her. She didn’t seem to have a care in the world, though. At this point, I was having a hard time not watching her. It was then that I noticed that she had headphones on. They weren’t the typical headphones you see these days like Beats, and they certainly weren’t little earbuds or Air pods. They were definitely not wireless either. They were the kind with the foam circle earpieces and the thin silver headband with a cord attaching it to something. If you are anywhere near my age, you know the ones I am talking about. They were the ones we all had back in the day but that you rarely see these days. I thought that alone was kind of funny, and then I realized that she had whatever the headphones were attached to tucked into her jeans. I wasn’t sure what it was at first, but I figured it was her phone. Then she took it out from her jeans and was holding it in her hands. I thought that it was too big to be a phone, so I squinted to see what it was. You guys, it was a little CD player! I just started laughing to myself. Not only was she dancing around her car in the middle of the carpool line, but she was also listening to a Walkman! She was taking it back old school! I just thought it was so funny. I haven’t seen one of those in years. I’m betting that my kids wouldn’t even know what it was. It took me back in time for sure. I mean, really? Who uses those anymore? Who even listens to CD’s anymore? I wish I could have gotten a picture or video of the scene without her knowing because it was so funny to me.
As I thought about it later in the day, two things stuck out to me. The first was her reckless abandon. She didn’t have a care in the world. It didn’t matter who could see her or what a fool she was making of herself. She didn’t care. She was doing something that brought her joy. She was dancing her little behind off and having a good old time. I could never do that. Ever! I care way too much about what others think about me, and I certainly wouldn’t be caught dead with someone watching me dance. Yes, I was laughing at the situation, but I really admire this stranger for just putting herself out there and not caring what others thought about her. I wish that was a trait I possessed. I wish that I didn’t let other people’s opinions of me prevent me from doing things that bring me joy. The second thing that stood out to me was the fact that she didn’t have the latest high-tech gadgets. She didn’t need them. She has likely had that Walkman for many years. She hasn’t spent a ton of money to get the latest and greatest thing. She had exactly what she needed to bring joy into her life, and it didn’t cost her a fortune. Most of us are guilty of thinking that we need the latest and greatest thing out there to make us happy when in reality we don’t. Those things don’t bring happiness. They are just things. What made this lady so happy wasn’t the gadget that she was holding. It was the feeling she got from the music flowing into her ears and movements it brought out of her. It was the reckless abandon she felt dancing to her own beat. We could all learn a lot from this lady, her old school gadgets, and her smooth dance moves. Possessions and other people’s opinions shouldn’t matter. We should all get out there and dance in the parking lot like no one’s watching! I bet it would make you smile!