She was doing something annoying one day. Not bad, just annoying from my adult perspective. I asked her why she was doing that and her response came instantly and with complete confidence in her delivery. She said, "Because I can!" I nearly broke out laughing because I realized that I was taking life a little too seriously at the time. I envied her ability to succinctly sum up the situation and respond so nonchalantly. Until recently I hadn't given that incident much thought.
Just recently, my husband and I entered into a venture and I asked lots of questions, trying to analyze every possibility of what could go wrong. He turned to me and said I should remember that sometimes we can do things just because we can. It hit me that my little philosopher had it right all along. Sometimes we should or need or want to do things just because we can. So, I created a poster for myself that I am framing for my office. It will be a reminder that sometimes, just sometimes, I need to take life a little less seriously and do some things just because I can.