My husband and I were in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago and I was trying to explain to a friend what made the get-away so great but I just couldn’t seem to find the right words to convey what I felt. We had a fantastic time and I truly enjoyed one indulgence in particular that my husband granted me – a rented red convertible for a day trip to visit Hoover Dam.
And then it hit me…. It wasn’t the convertible itself that created such a memorable day. I realized what made it such a fun experience was my reaction to the convertible. For once, I felt like the “leading lady”, not the “friend with the great personality”. Convertible top down, wind blowing in my hair, I was sporting dark sunglasses and a big genuine smile on my face. Living fully in the moment, I was the diva in the desert!
In contrast, my husband and I were in Vegas 5 years ago and while we enjoyed ourselves, it was quite a different experience. I didn’t pack any fun dresses, I tried hard not to be noticed and we cut our walk on the strip short, because I was tired. This time we walked for hours and I felt great.
As I was looking at pictures from our recent trip, one picture in particular caught my attention for a couple reasons. First of all, in the past I would have never posed for a picture with the Blue Man Group. And second, I look so damn happy! I searched for a picture from our 2010 Vegas trip that I could post and I could only find one picture (I used to try to escape the camera). Even I was shocked to remember how different I looked. And I see so much pain in my eyes.
Regardless of our size or weight, we all deserve to be the leading lady of our own life. But for most of us, how we show up in the world is directly related to how we feel about our bodies. Are you ready to rewrite your script?
My husband had a powerful revelation on this trip as well. If you want your wife to act interested for a 5 hour Hoover Dam tour, be sure to rent a convertible first!