Just stop and have a think.
I’ll be honest with you. I have not been having enough fun recently.
I have felt joy in my work; gratitude in my life; satisfaction in my achievements; but fun? Not so much.
Now, maybe it just seems a bit greedy to want more. Maybe fun is a frivolous extra. A nice to have.
But hang on.
That can’t be right.
Fun is release. Fun is happiness. Fun is letting go.
I need fun.
And what I’ve come to realise is that when we lose sight of fun it is a sure sign we are in or heading for overwhelm.
When I was deep in overwhelm a few years ago I had a startling moment of clarity when I realised I couldn’t remember the last time I had danced around my kitchen. That realisation made me cry. And it was a wake-up call.
I have had times in my life when I was deep in overwhelm and thought I was having fun, but I was just getting drunk.
Sometimes fun can feel hard to come by. Fun is often in connection and spontaneity. Fun is hard to feel when we are anxious and scared.
And fun can lift us out of it all.
Fun has an important role to play in our lives. Play, creativity, release.
When do we forget this? When do we allow other people’s priorities and needs to steal our fun? When do we make everything else more important?
I don’t know, but I do know that it is high time for some fun in my life. Time to step away from work for a little while; to allow myself to let go, to unwind and to have heart-lifting, life-affirming FUN.
What stories are you telling yourself about fun? Is there space for fun in your life? What’s the impact of that?
I know one thing for sure, a life spent in overwhelm driven by other people’s needs does not have space for fun. Shifting out of overwhelm will transform your life in multiple ways, including making it more fun!
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