What happened to fun?

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I love Major League baseball. My favorite team is the Cincinnati Reds (current hometown team), followed by the Milwaukee Brewers (previous hometown team), but I will watch ANY team play. To me it ain’t summer if you aren’t watching a ball game. Last night I was watching the Chicago Cubs play the St. Louis Cardinals and a commercial came on featuring David Price of the Detroit Tigers. The crux of the commercial was his recollection of childhood, playing and not having any responsibility. This dovetailed nicely with some thoughts of my own recently.
My conclusion after some much needed soul searching is this: I need to have more FUN, and LESS responsibility. Unfortunately I cannot revert to the age of 8, so what is one to do? I started thinking about my week and all that was involved—40 hours on the job, spending time with family and friends, 4 hours of Yoga Teaching training, 4 hours of volunteering (hopefully), bills to pay, house to clean, hours at the gym, talking to my life coach, writing a blog, and the list goes on. Now, I don’t have kids, so I can’t even imagine piling that on. What the heck was I going to do to find more time to play?
Then I ran across this quote by Andrew Jackson:
“There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it”
Genius. Now some things you have to do – J-O-B and bills come to mind—but what could I NOT do to have more time for fun? I decided Friday nights after work I would have NO commitments. No gym, no house cleaning, nothing. That opened up a slot for fun. Sunday nights, the same thing. No laundry, no cooking, just time for some deck-sitting and time spent with my hubby and dog. So I still have things to do, but I have chosen some time slots where I DON’T DO ANY OF IT. Fun, according to Andrew Jackson.
When I first moved to Cincinnati I didn’t know a lot of people. One of the first friends I made was with a woman I will call M. M had a joy of life and could talk to ANYONE. One Saturday afternoon she came over and asked me to go to lunch and hang out. I had so much to do! But I acquiesced and went with her. We went out to lunch and didn’t end up getting home til much later that night because we were busy talking to people we just met and actually EXPERIENCING FUN. I can’t remember now what I was supposed to do that day, but I certainly remember the great time I had with a friend who taught me one of the skills I value the most– the art of talking to people I don’t know. Apparently I must look like someone who can talk to anyone because people will ask me questions or chat me up out of the blue at the grocery store, gym, ball game, you name it. I highly recommend cultivating this skill if you don’t have it, and if you do, teach someone else.
So get back to all those chores you SHOULD be doing, but remember Mr. Jackson’s quote, and maybe put a couple of them on the back burner so you can have fun NOT doing them.

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