when you stop doing things for fun, you might as well be dead.

If you’re anything like me, it can be easy to feel boggled down by responsibilities, tasks, to-do lists and challenges. It’s also equally easy to find yourself overanalyzing and stressing yourself out over what may or may not happen in the future. As a young adult, I’ve been taught and trained that “adulthood” means managing responsibilities and checking things off my to-do list. My initial perception of adulthood was that you go to work, go to the gym, make dinner, go to bed.

Enough is enough! I’m not discounting that it’s important to honor responsibilities and obligations, I’m focusing on infusing a whole lot more FUN in my day-to-day life. I’m thankful that the last few weekends I’ve been able to step away from my to-do list and my computer and just live life for excitement – and for fun. I love the Ernest Hemingway quote above: “When you stop doing things for fun, you might as well be dead.” Embrace and appreciate fun things in life, and then go out and do them! Here’s a few things I’ve caught myself doing…just for fun.

Screaming Hilary Duff songs at the top of my lungs. Playing in the park with a little kid or a puppy. Driving in a convertible with the top down. Swinging as high as you can. Coloring. With markers, colored pens AND crayons. Doing spontaneous cartwheels. Laugh at your own jokes. Going on scavenger hunts. Ordering an XL ice cream cone. Laughing really deeply and loudly. Making cupcakes or cooking a random meal you’ve never tried before. Snowball fights. Playing Marco Polo in the swimming pool. Catching fireflies. Impromptu happy hours. Going on a trip “just because.” Wearing a ridiculously colorful outfit.

xx – Andi


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