Here’s an experiment you can try: the next time you are out walking somewhere, try skipping for a few seconds. My guess is that you find it almost impossible not to smile while you are doing so. If you are too embarrassed to skip, then you need to watch this clip from Friends:
Now I’ve got to admit that it’s been a while since I’ve skipped, but as I recall from the last time I did so, it brought back memories of my carefree life as a kid.
Kim “Skipper” Corbin was so inspired by the joy she felt when skipping that she created the web site iSkip.com in 1999. iSkip quickly became what it remains today – an information source and gathering place for people all over the world who enjoy a good skip. Corbin believes that skipping is the most fun and uplifting way she’s found to be fully present in the moment. It integrates body, mind, and spirit in numerous ways, such as the following:
1. It’s great physical exercise. Skipping burns twice as many calories as walking, has less impact on your joints than running, and is a lot more fun!
2. It makes the world a happier place. Skipping infuses your entire being with joy and inevitably brings a smile to the faces of those who see you do it.
3. It makes you feel like a kid again. Skipping automatically connects us with spontaneous, creative, childlike energy. It energizes our dreams and our imagination. It’s a great way to experience the many benefits of play.
4. It connects you with the voice in your heart. Skipping gets your inner critic out of the way so your joyful spirit is free to shine.
There’s a whole community of skippers, with some quirky skippers pushing the movement.
Here’s Extreme Gene:
Pro Skipper Tommy Fox (Tommy mentions the joy of skipping)
Bill Martinelli (also known as the Skipper); also mentions the joy of skipping
So there’s nothing holding you back from doing a few skips next time you’re out for a walk.
I dare you not to smile.
P.S. And here’s a great quote: It’s only a matter of inches, but skipping gets me just that much closer to heaven. ~Terri Guillemets