“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
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.
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!
Life must be lived as play.
FUN: “We are young” (youtube.com)
Play for adults (hitchedmag.com)
Health Benefits of Having Fun: (stress.about.com)
The Importance of Play for adults (stress.about.com)
Perfection . . . is RIDICULOUS. (vicariouslythroughwords.wordpress.com)