Wednesday, November 11, 2009

WishCasting: Double Dog Dare!

But I am FORTY!

And I will be FORTY ONE a week from this Friday!

I could say this til the cows come home and it wouldn't make any difference anymore.

Yes, I am forty and I will be forty one, but I am alive and whole and happy when I dance. That is who I am and age means nothing when it comes to the needs and dreams of my soul.

This week, for Wishcasting Wednesday, Jamie Ridler asks us:

What do you Dare?

I dare to defy convention.

I dare to defy my own understanding of age.

I dare to defy what other's would have me believe.

Above all, I now, officially, dare myself to be Significant and Shiny.

No more hiding.

No more thinking small.

No more justifying thinking small.

No more putting it off.

Today, I want to turn Jamie's Wishcasting around, and so:


I double dog dare you to be the significant being you were born to be.

I double dog dare you to stop hiding, to stop thinking small, to stop limiting yourself, to stop justifying this slow death you are living.

I double dog dare you to set your dreams free.

I double dog dare you to live the happy, full, beautiful life we are all meant for.

I double dog dare you to stop the damn excuses, to murder that cast of opera divas who live in your head, to drown each and every freaking gremlin who comes to your door.

I double dog dare you to stop living with all these damn rules about who, what, when, and where!

I double dog dare you to spin and twirl through this life while wearing sparkles and bitch boots.

I double dog dare you to believe in it all because it's more fun that way!

I double dog dare you to have the faith and awe about life of your wee child self -- the one who knew she could touch the moon outside her bedroom window; the one who knew every single person on this planet would want to watch her dance; the one who knew that life was sweet like ripened summer blueberries.

How's that for some wishcasting?

(Photo & Text Copyright: Christine C. Reed,, 2009)


Wild Roaming One (WRO) said...

As you wish for yourself, so I wish with doube dare Christine!

I love know, it could be another Wild Woman poster, or addendum, or something like that...

So inspiring...thank you for sharing.

...and by the way, (and this always reset's my own thinking about age) what age would you be if you didn't know what age you are??


Daring to live with more humour,
WRO xo

Linnea said...

As Christine wishes for herself (and us), so I DOUBLE DOG WISH for herself (and us) also! <3

Sheila said...

BIG SMILES! I agree with Wild Roaming One - this could so easily be an addendum to the Wild Woman Manifesto! Especially grinning at wearing bitch boots but would like rather than everyone on the planet wanting to watch dancing to have them dance with me.

I'm not wishcasting this week but as Christine wishes and dares so I wish for her as well.

WrightStuff said...

I consider myself very double-dog-dared. I couldn't sleep last night worrying about if I was good enough for my first freelance assignment - but now I believe - or otherwise the Blisschick might come after me!
Dog diggity dog - may your dog dares be barking loud and true (if that makes sense? Probably not, but you know what I'm getting at!)
Thanks and have fun!
PS - Is being 40 really OK? I turn 40 next March...

differenceayearmakes said...

As Christine wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

Tabitha@ichoosebliss said...

As Christine wishes for herself, so wish for herself also!

I SO Accept Your Dare!! :)

YogaforCynics said...

Happy birthday in advance. I'll be forty-four in a little over three months, and my understanding of age is that my thirties were better than my twenties, and my twenties were near-infinitely better than my I'm on an upward slope toward fulfilling at least some of those dares...

karmacoy said...

As Christine wishes for herself and us, I wish for her and us as well!

I think I need to print this out and post it in about 10 places around the house!!

I am 41 also and defying my own understanding of age is occupying a lot of my thoughts these days!!

Linda-Sama said...

honey, I reinvented myself twice since the age of 45...I choose to live my life as a Rasa Devi....

and happy birthday in just keeps getting better, doesn't it?

Bethany said...

Thanks for the double dog dare!

Amy said...

I love this post! I wonder what would happen if we all posted Christine's "double dog dare" on our blogs! Maybe together we can make a difference and wake up this crazy, beautiful planet!

Happy Bday. I just turned 41 on November 3. Go Scorpios!!!

Rowena said...

I dare to live in audacious hope.

I dare to face my demons down.

I dare to turn 39 next Thursday in celebration and recognization.

Hey, birthday week mate. Not only do we share that, but my drawing today totally looks like your photo today.

svasti said...

Happy birthday for next week! Personally, I can't think of anything sweeter than finding our path more intensely as we age. Sounds about right to me.

And I think I'm finally getting somewhere with all those double dog dares you've made!! :D

KnittingJourneyman said...

As you wish for yourself, I so wish for you as well…

see, I'm 'only' 37--you really make nearing 40 seem like the greatest thing...thank you :-)

Ingrid said...

this is one of the loveliest blog posts i've ever read. i absolutely needed to hear this!

Karen D said...

As Christine wishes for herself, so I wish for her also! I double dog dare you back ;-)
Here is to being Significant and Shiny. May it be so!

Pamela said...

As you wish for yourself, I double dog wish for you also!!

lucy said...

As Christine wishes for herself, so I wish for her also! I double dog dare you back ;-) i wish for myself!!

Sulwyn said...

Wow! Thank you for the double-dog-daring. I even laughed out loud a couple of times when you hit some of my fears dead on the head!

As Christine wishes for herself and for all of us, so I gleefully wish for her also.

Jules said...

As WRO wishes for herself, I so wish for her too...

And Double Dog Dare back at you

JFKlaver said...

Okay! I accept your double dares with JOY!

beyond 39 said...

Today is my fortieth birthday, and I'm daring myself to believe in me, to give myself the benefit of the doubt, to try one more time, to stop trash talking myself (out loud, in writing, and in my mind), to embrace my power and potential, to start treating my body like I give a damn, to finally stick with a blog for more than a couple of months at a stretch, to dig deep and find the self-discipline I know I can find, to stop trying to force myself into cookie-cutter religious dogmas and cultivate my unique way of connecting with God, and, this is the biggest one, to stop being afraid of what other people think of me.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this today--what a wonderful thing for me to read as I officially begin the journey of midlife. Bring it on!

As you wish for yourself, I wish for you as well!

Michelle Shopped said...

i love that double dog dare you stuff -- daring has been coming up a lot it my life lately ;)

and you dance? tribal? me too...though haven't in a while...

Daisy said...

ONLY 41! You're a child! :-D

I'm 71 and let me tell you .. it gets better and better. My pathway is scattered with discarded "shoulds" and expectations, my own and others. My body creaks a little, but still gets out of bed with enthusiasm for another day. Fears that once held me back have somehow disappeared.

Happy Birthday ... and many many more!

Ingrid said...

Dear BlissChick,

may i ask your permission to use the second half of this post in my own blog post? of course i will give you credit and link back to the original post.

if you'd rather not, i completely understand and will instead send readers to the post.

i find this one of the most inspirational things i have read all year ~ it speaks directly to my heart and motivates me like nothing else has been able to. (THANK YOU!)


Lisa said...

I love it! Just turned 40 and feeling similar.