I’d like to share a piece of writing I did for a friend:
Fun is not just the prerogative of the young – you are never too old to experience the joy it brings. Our lives today can be too structured and serious, we need to relax and listen to our inner child. Do you ever wake up in the morning and say, “What can I do today that is fun?” or do you start planning chores or work related jobs? I suspect it’s the latter. We always seem to find things that are more important to do, rather than following that fun impulse.
Dr Stuart Brown, psychiatrist, researcher and founder of The National Institute For Play, points out ‘the opposite of play is not work, it’s depression’. So, for our own sakes, we should insist on more fun in our lives. The ability to play – to truly lose ourselves engaging in an activity that is enjoyable – is crucial to our emotional and physical wellbeing. As a child, we had curiosity and playfulness, enjoying the benefits of creative play. ‘It’s almost like a physiological function that can help us live longer, feel happier, more optimistic and immersed in the world, in our own personal and social relationships,’ says Dr Stuart Brown.
The older we become, we do still have that need to escape reality, and maybe fun comes in different guises. Technology provides us with smartphones and iPads etc. which we use as much for their games as for ‘more important stuff’. What is fun to some is not to others, whether we love to dance in the living room, go sky-diving or just go out to get drunk, whatever we ‘play’, we need to ensure we do it because it pleases us and it is not enforced fun.
Routine can lock us into a life without fun, fear of embarrassment can also be a key. We’ve somehow learned to ration fun – limiting it to nights out or at the weekend. Every day of your life should be fun. We are on this earth to be happy – life is too short to care what other people think!
When was the last time you did something just because it was fun? Please share your fun experiences.