Summer Fun by kthypryn
Having Fun. Sounds good doesn’t it? Well, it does to most people, anyway. Yet, when it comes right down to it, it’s not a priority for many people. Yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking “But you don’t understand, I have bills to pay and work to do. It’s tough in these economic times.”
It’s true that the world can be harsh. Trouble can crash down overhead unexpectedly and hammer you into submission. But that’s exactly why we should put fun at the top of our to-do list. Now don’t misunderstand me. I’m not suggesting we all frolic around like hyper-active fairies, flittering here and there, oblivious to the world. Perhaps our definitions of fun are different. My definition of fun is taking a light-hearted, open-minded approach to life and working and living with enthusiasm and zeal.
For me, this means fun is about music, dancing, cartoons, belly rubs with the dogs, walks in the park, bargain-shopping, going to the movies, etc and so on. I freely admit, my fun is juvenile and over-the-top. That’s why I’m usually alone when I do it. Most of the people I know are so fearful of looking foolish and getting laughed at. Guess what – so am I! I’ve just learned that waiting for the permission of others to do what you want is fruitless. You may as well enjoy yourself now – you never know what hardships tomorrow might bring.
Having fun is also a positive form of therapy. Group therapy, self therapy, it all depends on whether you have fun alone or with others, but therapy all the same. All those happy memories you create are going to be the foundation of love and joy that see you through the tough times. When troubles arrive at your door, the friendships and love you’ve built with all those family barbeques, Disney trips, and days at the beach form the support to hold you up and keep you going.
Fun is the ingredient that adds variety and excitement to our life. Fun is the rush of adrenaline, the tingle in your belly as you explore the unknown. It doesn’t matter if your fun is touring a museum, reading a book, flying a plane, or football. It’s all about doing things that make you feel enthusiastic and energized about life.
Fun is all about the joy of it all. Listening to music while you clean, or decorating your cubicle with cartoons and fun quotes. Taking a walk in the sun at lunch time, reading a humor book, having Saturday night cocktails with friends. These things give you something to look forward to before, during and after your work – bringing fun into otherwise dull and boring tasks. Be creative and you’re sure to find opportunities to add more interest and smiles to your day.
Having fun is lonely because too many people put it at the bottom of their list. They think they’re noble and selfless for doing this, but instead they are just missing opportunities for enjoyment. Laughter, delight, and amusement make time fly by. You find yourself more engaged with the people are places around you. It brings more satisfaction and pleasure into your life, and to those around you.
If you have fun at work and love going in each day – great! If not, think about ways to add interest and enjoyment to your day. Can you take the scenic route to work? Listen to a comedy tape as your drive? Start a movie review group at work and talk about your favorite flicks. Join a gardening club that meets once a week, or go online and talk Star Wars with other Clone freaks. What your passion is, pursue it, and you and those around you will be happier for it.