I’ve decided to launch a new mini-series called Thursday Thoughts – basically, I’ll upload a new blog every Thursday (duh) about random musings I’ve had, my opinion on recent news or events, things I’m passionate about raising awareness of…you get my drift.
Do you ever feel like life is so damn serious? Seriously, being a fully fledged adult (booo) can be kinda…well, boring. Mortgage bills, washing up, pension schemes, hoovering….none of it’s all that fun.
One of my favourite books ever is The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and in the book, she talks about the importance of play. Bear with me on this….
In her book (which, by the way, if I were Queen Of The World, I’d make every single person read), Rubin states: “I needed to take my leisure more seriously…I’d always assumed that having fun was something in my life that would flow naturally, so I didn’t think about shaping it or getting the most out of it”. This resonated with me.
It got me thinking: how much time do I really set aside for fun? Sure, I meet my friends and watch TV and read every night before I go to sleep. But what about proper, spontaneous, laugh-inducing, memory making fun? How often do I get to do that these days?
I remember when I was at school and college and even university (in-between essay writing and panicking about my future career), I’d have fun almost every single day. I’d laugh until my sides hurt and I’d embark on random adventures with loved ones without a care in the world. I laughed in the face of seriousness.
Why are we all so serious? Why aren’t we allowing enough time for play and fun and carefree spontaneity? Sure, life demands a lot from us sometimes. Things that can’t be avoided like paying bills, cleaning, being sensible and staying in to save money because have you seen how much a bottle of *nice* wine costs these days?
But fun doesn’t have to cost much: the other week, Toby and I spontaneously decided to head down to Brighton for the day on a sunny Sunday and had the best time ever just mooching, wandering around shops, walking along the sea front and eating GBK. We laughed and took the mick out of ourselves and didn’t once think about anything serious. And it was glorious.
I pledge to myself to make more time for fun and play going forward, even if it’s just a small addition to my day. Life’s too damn short.
P.S I spent about 30 minutes trying to find a photo of me “having fun” to include in this blog. The above photo was taken circa 2013. I rest my case.