The Art of Ridiculousness

“Look at me!
Look at me!
Look at me NOW!
It is fun to have fun
But you have to know how.”

 
~Dr. Seuss,    The Cat in the Hat

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The art of ridiculousness?!  Yes, it is an art, and I try to practice it daily.  What is life if one cannot have a little fun? I didn’t always used to be this way. I used to take myself much too seriously but I learned that it made me too old for my time.  I was too worried about what others thought about me. As I age I’m realizing that for the most part most people are too self-absorbed to notice what anyone else is doing anyway.

At some point in our lives we are expected to stop the art of play. It is something we spent our whole childhoods perfecting. We are to put away childish things and join the adult world that takes everything so seriously. Whimsy and original thinking is, at best, frowned upon. It is as if on one fateful day, we look around and notice society is looking back with the look of distaste and expectant urgency “Now you’re one of us,”  it says, and our magical world is pushed into the back of a dark closet; never again to see the light of day.  People tend to think responsibility and whimsy cannot coexist, and work and fun are total opposites.  I beg to differ.

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There is much fun to be had in this world.  One needs an open mind and a mirthful heart to find it; having fun is healthy. Numerous studies have proven the health benefits of fun and laughter.

I think the rebel in us pushes back sometimes, at the wrong time and, in the wrong way.  We spend time, precious time, looking for that we have lost. The child inside of you is alive. Youth has not abandoned you: you have abandoned it. It is then…we not only grow up…we grow old.

Don’t grow old; embrace your inner child. I’ve met old nine-year olds and young ninety year olds…it’s all in the attitude. Don’t give up on that eternal playmate–he or she has not given up on you!

Wishing you a FUN filled day!

Strawberryindigo.

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Life must be lived as play.
~Plato~

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41 thoughts on “The Art of Ridiculousness

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  3. Love, love, love this post! I wrote about remembering to play, and I am a believer. Too many of us forget to stop amid the meetings and errands and deadlines and just. have. FUN.

  4. “As I age I’m realising that for the most part most people are too self-absorbed to notice what anyone else is doing anyway.” You’ve just put the truth of the world out here for all to see! So let’s have fun, and if we break through others’ self-absorption, maybe we can inspire them to get over themselves and add to the fun and mirth in the world. This is another really great article, Nancy- have you considered a submission to the lifestyle (or whatever they call it there) section of your newspaper?

    • Oh Janet…You are so nice! As a matter of fact, I have an idea I will be acting on and writing about then I will submit it to the local newspaper. I Just thought of it yesterday. I don’t want to jinx it, so I won’t speak of it here, but if I want to talk about it…could I email you? To the address under your name? or you could email me? To: strawberry.indigo@yahoo.com— I’d like your input. You are wise and I need your opinion. :D (You have made my day, my friend)

  5. I love your phrase “a mirthful heart”. That alone speaks volumes. From there, we can begin to regain our childish fun. Lovely post.
    Thanks for visiting my blog, liking my posts and leaving your insightful comment.

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  7. so true.. you know what i wrote on the first page of my journal for year 2013 (jan1), “i just want to be happy” .. we all need to bring out the child in us once in a while.. we are too engrossed with our jobs or chores as an adult and we really don’t have time to smile or be happy about something so simple like a child.. wishing you a fun-filled day too :) :) :)

  8. Once upon a time, I was a grownup with a desk and smooth clothes and carefully contained hair. Now, I play for a living, in blue jeans and t-shirts, and an often-pointy ‘fro. This is better :-) Thanks for the smile!

  9. I agree – being silly is good for you! The only problem is when people misconstrue my silliness and think I’m seriously mad, which does lead me to behave “properly” more often than I’d like. But the Germans all think Brits are eccentric anyway, so I can get away with it! Long live childishness!

    • Hey Cathy: All of us think the Brits are eccentric…haha ;) That’s why you are so loved! BTW my Grandma was 100% British and I loved her dearly…and I am part of her and proud to be! Long live childishness!

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