Make Fun a Priority! The Importance of Acting Like a Kid.
When I was a kid I remember looking up at my parents and thinking ‘I can’t wait until I am grown up so I can do whatever I want!’, this was usually when I was told to do something I didn’t want to do, like go to bed, brush my teeth, eat my dinner or clean my room – anything that got in the way of the fun I was having! How little I knew about what being an adult was going to be like. While technically, yes, I can do what I want in theory, there are many adult responsibilities that make that concept of freedom feel non-existent. While I certainly don’t feel like going to work on Monday morning I’ve got to if I want to make money so that I can have a place to live, have something to eat and be able to afford a lifestyle that allows for fun, travel, adventure and all those other practical life things that I enjoy.
It’s easy to get caught up in the routines of responsibility; work, groceries, chores, errands, etc. But even in the midst of all those adult things we need to take care of, we certainly can learn a few lessons from the kid-versions of ourselves from the past, and that is to have fun! Fun was always a priority to the kid-version of me from years past. If it wasn’t fun it just wasn’t worth doing.
I am urging you to take some time to be like a kid, let the responsibilities go and just enjoy yourself. Forget about the floors that need sweeping, the toilet that needs scrubbing and the nearly empty fridge, they’ll be okay for a few days! Let’s go ahead and make the kid-version of ourselves proud!
Have fun at the beach all day. Ride your bike until the street lights come on, maybe even later! Eat ice cream for breakfast. Eat ice cream for lunch. Eat ice cream for dinner if you like too, the eight year old version of yourself will be so pleased! Go to the movies on a ‘school night’. Do a cannon ball. Sing and dance without fear of judgment. Go with the impulse and ride out the fun as long as you want to.
Yes, at the end of it all you will come home and the house will still be messy and there will only be the fixings for a really strange meal, but you won’t be hungry and you’ll find the world didn’t implode because you took a few days off.
What I am trying to say is that the floor and the toilet will get dirty again and you’ll need to buy more food for the house again too, but there is only one moment right now to go and do something fun. Learn from the kids around you or the kid-version of yourself from years past, make them proud! So give yourself permission to take a break from those adult responsibilities and go have some fun already! Why are you still here?? Go!