Even if it’s raining today on April Fool’s Day — go out and try something, anything new! Don’t be afraid of looking odd, naive, or crazy.
Spring is a temperamental time of year. One day you wake up and you can’t tell whether it’s night or day – it’s all grey and rainy with mist obscuring everything. The very next, you’re truly surprised that it’s 80 degrees out and sunny.
Those misty days when you can’t see anything just make you crave the familiar — all you want to do is go back to bed and dream. On the sunny days, you can’t resist the urge to put some bright colors on and join the rest of the fools out there in the world.
Small children flip-flop between the need for the familiar and the urge to explore. We’re all instinctual, wild men and women deep down. Children feel it intensely because they’re closer to the source — by virtue of having been more recently hatched.
Life and Death cannot be avoided. Life is uncertain as is Death. You can’t crawl back into the womb. At this time of year, you could feel awkward, like a child learning to take those first brave steps all over again.
Take a leap of faith. It’s easier to take risks in Spring because you realize you’re not alone. Mother Nature is giving the signal that no matter what the clock and the calendar say — it’s OK to go out and play.
The signs are at first subtle. You have to be able to look with a child’s feeling of wonder and notice the little things. Let the small inspire a larger feeling of inspiration, hope and trust in yourself and in the universe.
So what? You might look silly or feel vulnerable flip-flopping like a fish between YIN + YANG. The YIN familiar pull of the comfort zone and the YANG call of the wild. Maybe that’s why the French call April Fool’s day “Poisson d’Avril” or April Fish. You can’t be worried about how you’ll look. Sure, you’re pants could get ripped while trying, but you’ll have plenty of chances to get the hang of it.
Once you get used to listening to your own primal instincts and accepting them, you become the Wise Fool. And the Wise Fool cannot be fooled. Misunderstood, but not fooled. It may seem as if he only listens to the beat of his own drum. But he knows his nature and Nature are One.