This picture was taken last summer, when Ellen, Paul and I found that dude above and started a dance party in the street. It was a night like any other, but it stands out so clearly in my memory. Music spilled out of the open windows of the Pearl Street bars and the night air was warm and breezy. We were leaving a restaurant when we spotted the above seven foot leprechaun shaking and twisting without a care in the world. Ellen and I had been taking dance classes and, inspired, we joined in. We looked like fools, people stared and laughed, and that small moment totally made the night. It reminds me of the below quote, which I read once and repeat to myself sometimes when I’m feeling scared or small:
“Look at you. You’re young. And you’re scared. Why are you so scared? Stop being paralyzed. Stop swallowing your words. Stop caring what other people think. Wear what you want. Say what you want. Listen to the music you want to listen to. Play it as loud as you want and dance to it. Go out for a drive at midnight and forget you have school the next day. Stop waiting for Friday. Live now. Do it now. Take risks. Tell secrets. This life is yours. When are you going to realize that you can do whatever you want?”
*This applies to everyone, young and old.