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I have a hard time with the idea of fun. I know when I’ve had fun, but I still am not good at creating fun or seeking it out. It often happens to me out of the goodness of others. I’m a victim of the Protestant work ethic, sort of of like H.L. Mencken’s definition of Puritanism: “The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”
I love to read and research the things and/or words that I don’t understand.
I like to try new things out just for the heck of it and it can often be entertaining. There’s a “but” in this question for me though. I mostly look for a purpose in what I do (or a “zoning out” – think streaming tv). “Fun” for no other purpose but “fun” is something I could explore more.
oh my gosh. No problem having fun daily! Today for example – a walkabout downtown to see the beautiful Les Fleurs de Ville installations, refreshment on a sunny patio, a teeny “voyage” across the Creek, a bike ride at the seaside before supper, funny wordplay sprinkled throughout. Awash in gratitude; it could be otherwise.
Hi beautiful people!! Many activities for fun! Fun equals surrounding myself with like minded people !!! Dancing!!! Camping!!! Exercising!!!
When I free myself up from needing to have fun, and mostly I don’t need to have fun, then I have fun. I find fun in the simplest things, it’s there always and based a lot on attitude and the eyes to recognize it. Reading a book can provide fun as much as a fantastic adventure.
Of course, exercise, walks in nature, therapeutic laughter sessions in a group—lead such groups regularly, and just about anything constructive that produces feel-good hormones such as endorphins, oxytocin, serotonin, while reducing cortisol are great drugs of choice. Our bodies are great pharmacies. If activated well they can contribute toward healthier mindsets and wellbeing habits that make life more “fun”…
I am with sb who commented earlier that calm contentment is a goal. At this point in my life, that seems an excellent state of being.
I love “our bodies are great pharmacies”, Dusty Su.
Yes, and we very often miss this incredible offering we are given.
I just started playing tennis, because it was one of the few sports we were able to practice during the lockdown. I enjoy it so much …
And to be honest, I join Chester in my strange love of driving, to discover the roads and their alternatives, waiting patiently when the traffic is unbearable … this is life!
Hiking, i love to hike, and play video games.
I’m not sure I’m a real “fun” person and often wonder whether I should be. But I love my nature walks, listening to music, crosswords (especially with my 90 year old mum who is still as clever as ever), reading, reading, reading, hot bubbly baths…
All of these things bring me calm and contentment rather than fun, but maybe that is my fun? A good question.
Contentment is a great thing! And calm contentment sounds blissful. I am with you on this one.
I j’adore the arts in particular live music, art, concerts. My dog thinks I am a couple of sandwiches short of a cut lunch when I play my music loud, but hey, what’s normal?
I play pickleball
Practice gratefulness! And any number of activities that pull me into the moment, based on time/opportunity – physically engaging activities such as running, tennis, kayaking, skiing; watching the trees; reminisce; driving; sitting and breathing … just some of the present-centering activities that I enjoy.
I meet my friends for a drink, a walk or whatever we feel like doing. It is so nice to be back in their company!
Go to baseball games – it doesn’t matter who is playing – I just like the pageantry of it…the rituals…the sound of the bat hitting the ball…the crowd roar….a hot dog…watching the umpire “pull the chain” on third strike call…the manager handing the ball to a relief pitcher…I could go on and on. When I’m there I don’t think about the world “out there” waiting for me when the game is over.
Good question. For the last year I have not had much “fun” in my life. Got an emergency phone call from family, packed 1 suitcase & have been here, (from the west coast to the Midwest) ever since. I have been the sole caregiver for my 96 yr. old mother & my dear brother who suffered from a terminal illness. Fast forward, (not the best choice of words), my mother now lives in a nursing home & my dear brother Kerry has gone to heaven. So much drama, trauma, sadness, pain, shock, hellish days, busyness, that I literally have had no time to process much. Now I am dealing with my brother’s estate, dismantling my mother’s apt., all while I have not been home in over a year & have not seen my husband either. And my cat went to the Rainbow Bridge, too.
Today’s word for the day by Haruki Murakami, resonates so loudly with me, as I am in the storm of a lifetime. I am truly a changed person because of all I have gone thru & continue to go thru. I am not so sure I will survive all of this, but I have made it this far & there is no turning back now.
In the meantime, the only “fun” I have is walking, hugging trees, chatting with the birds, smelling the flowers, watching the bees & watching old reruns of Johnny Carson! Perhaps on the other side of this storm I can focus on “fun”.
Thank you for letting me share. 🙏 ❤️
Dear pkr, sending baskets of prayers, light and love your way in this time of deep loss. May Mother Nature (and Johnny Carson) continue to bring you solace and peace as you make your way through these struggles.
Thank you Pilgrim for your kindness & prayers. Blessings to you.❤️
Hi PKR, My heart goes out to you. Last January my husband and I moved from Colorado to California to take care of my 90 year-old-mother-in-law. We sold our home and have been living in the studio “in-law” apartment every since. My mother-in-law passed on June 5th after 17 months. What you’re doing alone is beyond my imagination. Sending an open heart with love and grace for you. The question for today is causing me to pause; time for my reflection on possibilities.
Thank you Linda. ❤️
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