Today, I booked a boudoir photography session. This time, I am most definitely going alone.
My imagination and self-talk took off.
‘The pole dancing’s a steal.’
‘If not now, when?’
‘I have wanted boudoir photos for a long time.’
And the kicker: ‘I could always blog about it.’
By the time I got to the end of my hour’s walk, I was running, so anxious was I the deal might have sold out.
What is happening to me?
I am SO not the sexy type. I don’t even own a lacy bra.
Stilettos give me leg cramps.
Here I am, a suburban housewife and white minivan-driving mother of two. My raciest exploits seem to extend no farther than volunteering to model, fully clothed, for a sculpting class of third and fourth graders.
And yet I signed up to go dancing. Gyrating, almost naked, around a pole.
Then I signed up to get photographed, possibly completely naked, in sultry, suggestive poses!
Could it be my age?
I will be 47 at the end of the month.
47 is far too close to 50 for my liking, but let’s not go there.
I do feel, though, if not now, when?
I was never a particularly attractive young woman and like my friend, Lisa, not terribly interested in fashion and style. It has taken me decades to grow into myself.
I’m at a decent fighting weight and feel healthier now than in my twenties.
Add some life experience, and a few wrinkles and I really do feel in my prime.
I am friendly with Bethany Crouch. She is a Fox40 Live reporter in Sacramento. Every day she does these amazing things.
One day she is skydiving, another day she’s interviewing Stephen Tyler at the American Idol auditions in San Francisco.
Recently she had some boudoir photos done. And I liked them. A lot.
She reminds me of the young woman I used to be – flitting everywhere, doing lots of amazing, new things. Simply having a ball.
That is what life should be like in our twenties, in my opinion.
Being adventurous, doing what we want with few responsibilities.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love my life.
I have set myself up so that life is just as I want it and I don’t want to change any of it. Except perhaps, like everyone, I’d like a few more pennies.
But bar that, I truly live my ideal life.
So what is it?
These opportunities are deals, they make great blogging material.
But most of all, the idea of doing these unfamiliar things makes me smile. They are out-of-the-ordinary for a girl like me at this stage of her life. A little bit of my adventurous spirit comes out and makes me feel good. And young.
I can write about my adventures and maybe get a few others to smile too.
And that makes me feel doubly good.
So as soon as my extremely unsexy cast comes off, I will be preparing to cash in my deals.
I have a plan (of course, you would expect nothing less of me, now would you?) and afterwards I’ll write about my exploits. Probably in detail.
With photos. Oh my!
Update: Read how the pole dancing went.
8/14/11: I decided not to use my photo Groupon – the fine print was waaaaay too restricting. I’m disappointed but I’m not copping out, that is not my warrior style. But I will have to do some more research. Watch this space.
** Photo: Karina Marie Diaz Photography
What do you do for some adventure? What inspires you? Or stops you? Let me know in the comments!
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