Today’s photo-a-day theme is ‘Fun’. Because I’m so self-absorbed my first thought was, “Shit! What the hell am I going to take a picture of? I never have any fun!”
Now back to me. When I pause to think about what I’m saying in that opening paragraph, I’m like, “WTF?! Do I really think my life is devoid of fun?”
And sadly the answer is mostly, yes!
It feels like I’ve talked endlessly about the lack of fun in my life. Last year in my diet blog I had to write about Finding Joy, and struggled to identify future joys!
I must confess I’ve spent much of my life thinking that happiness, contentment and fun would be handed to me on a platter. And that hasn’t happened. As I’ve matured and evolved, I’ve slowly realised that – even for the most upbeat of us – life is not a never-ending journey of fulfillment. There’s lots of crap along the way and; joy, or happiness is about us making the most of ‘moments’ rather than let them pass us by.
And. I. Am. Really. Bad. At. This.
Also in my dieting blog last year I wrote about a post by a woman who noticed that her 5 year old child woke up every day FULL OF AWESOME. I know the term ‘awesome’ can be a bit over-used nowadays but at the time it really resonated with me. I mean, I wanna wake every day full of awesome…. even if / when I’m not.
I have however, struggled a bit to get to this mindset, but today I was reminded of (yet another) post I read by Leo Babauta who hosts, the very-popular Zen Habits. Leo wrote about infusing happiness and play into every moment of our day, even when you’re doing stuff you don’t like or don’t want to do. He gives an example of his daughter’s trip to the dentist in which the entire journey there was a ‘game’ to her, from the commute by train, to the elevator ride up to the person awaiting her with drill and pointing things that hurt!
I’m a glass half empty kind of girl, so I find it hard to look on the bright side. But today I’m reminded… that I need to stop complaining at the lack of ‘fun’ or ‘joy’ or even ‘awesome’ in my life and bloody well reach out and take it.
I had a fabulous weekend away with other bloggers. Just hanging out and talking with like-minded people was more fulfilling than I expected and the most fun I have had in months and months (and months!). But those moments don’t present themselves every day.
Leo’s post also has some suggestions for his readers to remind us to seek opportunities in our everyday lives to just HAVE MORE FUN.
My work colleagues may get a bit perturbed if I start rhyming all of my emails (although I hope you noticed the rhyming post title!), but there are things on the list that I can certainly try; and hopefully by doing so I can think of some of my own!
So… let’s do this together. Let’s go forth, have fun and be happy!
Day 4 | Fun | Photo-a-day July