Go Fly a Kite

Kite on the BeachSeriously. Drop everything right now and go fly a kite. Unless there’s no wind, then don’t, that would be very frustrating. What I’m suggesting is to find simple pleasures that are fun, exhilarating and make you laugh until you cry.

I had never flown a kite until this past week-end.Β How can I be from some place as windy as Texas and not have ever flown a kite? Who knows. There are a lot of questions like this I ask myself. To which I quickly answer… “Who cares! No time like the present!”

We knew it was going to be windy as hell on the beach so we dropped two dollars on a kite at the grocery store as we headed out of town. There were Barbi kites and ones with Monster trucks on them, but the one with the big bloodshot eyes on it conveyed the week-end at the beach feel we were going for.

When Dionne and I took the kite out for our first run, I was a bit apprehensive. I really wanted that kite to fly, but the only other time I had tried(as a child) was a bit of a downer. It didn’t work out. Who knows what the problem was then. Blazing hot sun, stickers and not enough wind, I’d imagine. This time was different.

We were in Port Aransas, Texas and the wind was blowing around 400 mph. (Ok, maybe it was 40mph, we couldn’t tell.) With the first toss of the kite into the air, it took flight. Those big blood shot eyes staring down at us, a sign of what was to come. We laughed and laughed. I was a natural.

When it would start to drop, I’d take some slack out of the string and watch it rise. If that didn’t work I’d take off running and up it would go. We took turns, handing the kite back and forth, running and laughing at the birds that came around to see what we were doing.

By the time we made it back into the house we were absolutely spent. Wind whipped and breathless, we giggled for the next few hours. Laughing about our attempts to actually navigate the darn thing.

Saturday we tied our little grocery store kite to our beach chairs and let it fly. We saw all kinds of fancy kites with long tails and beautiful designs but our little kite with the blood shot eyes fit us perfectly. You could actually see the resemblance toward the end of the day.

We came home on Sunday to my Mom who was babysitting our wiener dog, Oliver. “Mom! I flew a kite! I flew a kite! Did you know I could fly a kite?!” The childlike wonder and joy could not be contained.

If it’s breathtaking and exhilarating, that’s when you know you’ve got it. Do that thing that makes you feel like that over and over again.

We started playing tennis back in January and it has been an endless fount of entertainment and exercise, but there are windy days that make it less enjoyable. We now have an equally enjoyable and laugh inducing activity for those days.

So, get out there and fly a kite. Play tennis. Watch children play. Laugh. Do something that tickles you. Intend right now to find your childlike wonder and see what fun things start showing up to make you laugh even more.

No matter what is going on in your world right now, laughing will make it better. Give it a shot. If you have a hard time laughing because of the situation you might be in, relax. Things can change in an instant.

The only thing that REALLY has to change for you to feel better right NOW, is your perspective. There is one that serves you. What you want is out there. You can have it and it is easier than you think. Lightening up about life and everything in it helps.

Watch a funny TV show or read a funny book. Spend time with people that make you laugh. If you don’t have any friends like that, no worries. Simply imagine how much fun it will be when they show up. It’s just that you didn’t know to be looking for them.

Sending you much love, laughter, peace, ease, flow and enough wind to keep your kite up! Fly high!

Much Love to you,
Crystal

16 thoughts on “Go Fly a Kite

  1. Yay!! Love this. Congrats on your first kite flight! I have been thinking about this too Crystal. What class can I take that will just be fun where I am not preoccupied with performance or being the best. So I am scoping out knife and tomahawk throwing! Sounds crazy but I like throwing / shooting at a target and I think it will be fun…will keep you posted
    ;-).

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  2. Oh, that sounds like so much fun! I remembering kite flying when I was a kid, it always felt exhilarating and it just felt magical. I’m glad you finally got to fly a kite and have so much fun. I want more of that childlike fun in my life, it really is a health tonic and just makes life more fun. I’m gonna find ways to experience that more often. Thanks for sharing your adventure and your great advice!
    Hugs,
    Nina

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    • Thank you, Nina! Keep us posted about any new activities. My friend Sherrie is going checking out knife and tomahawk throwing! How fun does that sound?
      Seeing much joy and excitement in your life.
      Much Love to you and Mohan.
      XOXO
      Crystal

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  3. I love so many things! But my recent passions are photography and I finally got my flute out! I’m playing again! And it’s so fun! And I love to laugh. Yesterday, while working out in the family room I watched “Analyze This.” I hadn’t seen it it a long time. Sooooo funny!
    Great post, Crystal!
    Love you,
    Cathy

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  4. Congratulations on your first flight πŸ™‚
    Here in India, we have a festival exclusively meant to push people into flying kites πŸ™‚ Maybe they share the same line of thought as you do…
    I personally have never flown one though. Tried one long time back and cut my fingers, besides losing my kite in the ‘battle’ πŸ˜‰

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  5. Love, love, love this. I love all your blogs btw. Josee’s birthday is in the month of April and as she was growing up, we’d annually buy a kite with a new graphic. The spring winds would start up and we’d head to the fields. We live right on the county line so there are fields all around us. One day I got it hung up in a tree probably 30 feet up. I tried and tried to get it down and finally decided “it will come down on its own.” Well we went back 2 days later and it was laying on the ground as if it had floated delicately down for easy retrieval… and back out to the field we went! I can feel right now how soar my face would be from all that laughter and squinting in the sun and wind. Love you! Lisa

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    • I love it, Lisa. How fun! I am now a kite enthusiast. πŸ™‚
      I won’t be sad at all about our next windy day!
      Sending you and Josee peace, ease, flow and abundance. Love you, Lisa! XO

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  6. Crystal, I love this! Sounds like you had so much fun. I need to get some kites for me and the kids. We did it last year but we had not the highest quality kites, so I think we need some more. I’m going to give sketching a go. I used to draw a lot but haven’t done it for a while. I haven’t ever done archery or ziplining and those tow are on my list for this summer. πŸ™‚

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    • Awesome, Michelle!
      Our kite already bit the dust, not high quality. But the fun sure was! πŸ™‚
      We went zip lining in Guatemala a few years ago and it was amazing!
      Archery is fun too! I did that at 4-H camp as a young girl and got to go first in line at lunch for hitting the bullseye! That was FUN. haha πŸ˜‰
      I’m all about hitting a non-sentient target! haha
      Keep me posted and let me know how it goes!

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  8. Hey Crystal,
    This is such a lovely post… and this is so true. There are some small things around us, which we at times forgot to notice a midst our busy schedule, but the fact is this little things brings so much joy with them. They makes us feel free, relaxed, refreshed and lively. One shall always spare time to enjoy these beautiful moments..Life is a journey…but we shall not run so fast that we forget living and enjoying these lively & cherishable moments.
    This blog is really an eye-opener..Thanks for sharing..

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    • Thank you so much! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. And what a lovely comment. Having fun and enjoying our lives are the very reason we are here. It is easy to forget this simple truth when we are worried about bills to pay, work to do and children or others to care for. I’m happy you enjoyed my blog. πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful day! XO

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