Where’d my FUN go?

Where did my FUN go?  That’s the line I had in my head when I awoke wide-eyed at 4:30 a.m. this morning?  Where did my fun go?  I thought, yes, where did it go? I used to have fun, to play, to run and laugh and challenge myself, fall down, make mistakes.  Somewhere along the way – I think it was fairly gradual – I started being cautious, taking less risks, worrying more about what others thought.  And today, when my eyes flashed open this morning like a shade being yanked up on a window – WHERE DID MY FUN GO? Hit me like a ton of bricks.  People like being around fun people.  They like hanging out with them, talking with them – why?  Because they’re FUN!!

So, this is my plan . . . looking for fun – real fun, silly fun. Ok, so I Google fun, taking risks and the first thing that comes up is an article about “fun hobbies” for women in their 20s, 30s and 40s – after 40, does the fun END??  I did spot two hobbies there though that I love – one that I’ve played with and enjoyed immensely, one of those things I always felt I’d go back to and do more of (photography) and then there was one that I always wanted to start – painting.  Just go to the art store, pick up some supplies and make a mess, make a picture, create something incredible with color, color and more color!!!

Aside from those things, though, most of the “fun hobbies” seemed a little subdued to me – blogging, gardening, reading.  Yes, those are wonderful, wonderful things, but I’m looking for something more crazy, more, well, FUN!  Perhaps I need to start a blog Fun things for women in their 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond!  After all, in the business I’m in (we help people look and feel younger) we are going to need a lot more fun a lot longer!!

So, I went searching . . . and this is the most impactful thing I found.  “10 Ways to Become a Risk-Taker.”  It begins like this:

An unsatisfying present continues until you step toward your new future. If the present satisfies, roll over and go back to sleep. Listen to discontent – it’s yelling, “Get up and get moving.”  Oh, my goodness . . . this is where I was at 4:30 this very morning!  Then, I read the rest of the article and realized that I was mean to find this quote:

To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.” Soren Kierkegaard.

The article was packed with great quotes, this being another, “Success isn’t the path to success – learning is. “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it,”  Pablo Picasso ­– and, of course, it’s by Picasso, which links to my one dream of (water color) painting .  Today, as the rain comes down in buckets and our lovely backyard is awash with colors that blur and run together through water-streaked windows, I dream of my tubes of paint and a brush in my hand.

So, here I go!  Let’s all have fun together – no matter what our age!!


Ready, set  . . . GO!!!


One Comment

  1. I just wrote a post about this myself, particular to my corporate gig, and how it is often so hard to add fun and play to the grind. Hey, if you haven’t checked it out already, I would recommend reading Danielle LaPorte Fire Starter Sessions or Martha Beck, they both “get it” that FUN and PLAY are actually what need to be a focal point of our life – our whole living life, from work to raising kiddos. Cheers!

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