Saturday, December 28, 2013

Hang Loose

A weekend is a gift that should not be taken for granted.  It's a time to charge one's batteries and just discover your rhythms anew.  The girl in the picture offers both advice and a good wish with the shaka sign: hang loose.

"Hang loose" is an expression that apparently originated in Hawaii and in California among the surfers; but strangely took hold in Southern Louisiana sometime in the past as well.  It's a quirk of linguistic adoption: you don't ordinarily think of surfer dudes and Cajuns doing something alike, but it happens.

Hang loose means, roughly, take it easy.  Let life flow, relax.  Open a Coke or beer or something.  Beaches and coastal cheniers are so lovely because the offer blue horizons and the gentle undulating of the waves or the roaring of the surf.  In both cases their periodicy induces relaxation and a tranquil frame of mind.  There are no rules to hanging loose: you get to find your own mini-nirvana.

This is a time for a mini-vacation.  It's time well-spent for your spiritual good.



Giving the hang loose (shaka) sign.

 
 
The Shaka sign consists of extending the thumb and little finger pointing outward and your palm upward.  When you have reconnected with your tranquility, some stretching or yoga exercises can be enjoyed.  Or maybe just another beer.  Screw your cares . . . .

9 comments:

Duckbutt said...

I remember that expression. My last word to a college class was to tell everyone "Hang loose."

TexWisGirl said...

a great post and good advice, too. :)

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

Good advice. People need to chill seriously. Get over the Duck Dynasty crap.

John Hill said...

Have a wonderful weekend, Angel.

Mike said...

When you're retired, every day is Saturday.

Big Sky Heidi said...

Good advice! I'll relax.

Bilbo said...

I'll be able to hang loose with more joy once Mike quits reminding me all the time that he's retired.

The Mistress of the Dark said...

I wish my weekends could be for relaxing, unfortunately I have to step up my care giving for those 48 hours :(

Grand Crapaud said...

I hope it was a great weekend!