Time for some fun!

Even though you’re growing up, you should never stop having fun.

-Nina Dobrev

I’ve been so locked down lately in the serious business of adulting, I lost sight of the second part of my blog’s mission statement: “have fun”. Oops.

Fortunately, I had an opportunity to get back in touch with that mission during a recent visit to a new park. It was a chilly and gloomy day, but I was still happy just being outside. I was so happy, in fact, that I agreed to climb a tower on this new playground. Between my heavy coat and bags, it was a tight fit. Getting back down seemed like an unpleasant proposition. Then I saw it; the Slide.

It was really tall, fully enclosed, and had a wicked-looking curve. I couldn’t help myself, that was my way down. The only acceptable way down. I threw myself into it, and for those moments I shed my serious skin. I was as carefree as our idealized version of a child. I was having fun, I was playing. That single trip down a big slide brought out the sense of fun that’s been missing from my experience lately.

Returning to that playground isn’t a realistic choice for me (those of you with young children, take advantage, go down slides with them!), but I can still bring play back into my everyday experience. Cartwheels and somersaults are out because of my wrist, but what about skipping? Skipping is safe for my body. So that’s what I’ve started doing. Just for one block, I allow myself to forget about being a serious grownup. I skip freely and joyfully, looking up at the sky. I ignore the people around me giving me weird looks, and give myself over to the fun of it.

What about you? Do you want to bring play back into your life for a few minutes?

5 thoughts on “Time for some fun!

  1. “I skip freely and joyfully, looking up at the sky. I ignore the people around me…”
    And now, we love you even more.

  2. Do you listen to NPR? To the Ted Radio Hour? I’m not a regular listener, but I’m an appreciative listener when I happen to catch it while driving. A week ago Friday I was able to listen to the piece, “Press Play.” Once, while listening, I thought: “Margaret Olson” –I am not making this up– “Yeah, yeah. I’ll recommend this piece to Margaret,” I thought to myself. I may never have gotten around to it except what should I read just now but your blog, “Time for some fun!”

    So, if you have 52:10 minutes to indulge on yourself, may I suggest (A) Making yourself a nice beverage. An adult beverage, if you like. (B) Kicking back in your most comfortable chair or sofa. (C) Putting on headphones, closing your eyes, and (D) Listening to,
    http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510298/ted-radio-hour (click “Press Play”).

    • I never listen to the radio anymore. I have made it my life’s mission to find 52:10 to indulge in myself (or however long), so I will definitely take your suggestion.
      Thank you, as always, for bringing more love to my little nook of the ‘net.

  3. I had to find the NPR piece before I could recommend it to you, then I posted you with it straightaway. Afterwards, I listened to (most of) it a second time. In doing so, I realized/remembered that it was the final story (“SuperBetter”) that brought you to mind. The other stories… maybe, “meh.”
    Hope you read this in time!

    • I was out walking on the North Branch trail all day, so this comment is definitely in time (I can already tell by the title that I’ll enjoy the final story!). Thanks again for sharing, Mark!

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