The Colors of Life

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One of my greatest fears is that I will one day  look back at my life and the report card written in dull faded ink will read  - "Mediocre".

Ruth's life was "adequate...or acceptable...but not very good...."

In the rainbow of life, mediocre is that bland, boring, featureless, lacklustre, prison grey.  And I want colour!  Vibrant, vital, vivid colour!  Blood reds! Corn yellows!  Fluorescent pinks!   Completely inappropriate purples mixed with abundant fertile hills of emerald green.

So how do you ensure that everyday you have the splashes of colour, that make you, you?

Firstly, every life needs those red letter days - the once in a lifetime climb-Mt-Kilamanjaro-swim-with-sharks experiences, that happen maybe once a year or once every few years.    If you haven't got one of those in the pipeline - it's time to get one.  Write it down, give it a date, put a step by step plan into action.

Secondly, in between those red letter days you've got the "everydays".

These are the hard ones.    Where you simply have to get up, eat, work, eat, and sleep.   They are the adequate...acceptable...NECESSARY....grey days.

So what can you do, outside of the NECESSARIES, to add the colour to your everyday?

You Take Part.  You step out into the wild BLUE yonder and you take part in your community.     Learn a skill, enter a competition, visit an art gallery.   Recently I took part in our local agricultural show - I entered scones in the cooking competition (yes, extreme I know - just call me "Deathwish" Brown).

I practiced for a month!  I researched, I experimented, I googled.  I could see that BLUE ribbon - I could taste it!  Unfortunately, the judges couldn't.    But I'm philosophical (another word for bemused and slightly bitter...kidding).

The point is, within that particular month, I could have continued to work, eat, sleep - doing the necessaries.  However, I would have been the same person I was at the start of the month - just 30 days older and 30 days greyer.    Instead, I decided to enter and once the decision was made, my timetable magically moved around to accommodate it.  I stepped out into the big BLUE unknown and took part.

And lastly, you need YELLOW.  Make it your mission - at least once a day -  to put a little bright yellow sunshine in someone else's day.    Give them the gift of the unexpected.     A compliment, a joke, a flower, break a rule for them!   Blow away the grey clouds of the predictable and watch the rays of sunshine warm their face and put a pink glow in their cheeks.

Remember, in the rainbow of life RED, BLUE and YELLOW.

They are the primary colours of your life - and when you mix them together in your own way everyday, you create the unique shade of you.

Ruth Brown is a freelance Creative Writer & Voice Artist with 18 years industry experience.  Mouthin' Off Voices & Scripts works with business to ensure every piece of their client communication is not only relevant, but remarkable (colourful) enough to be remembered.   Stop blending in.  Be Heard.

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