Let’s put the fun back in dysfunction

Are you getting enough vitamin fun?

Seriously, (why would I do that?) when was the last time you had “so much fun?”

I can think of a few times in the last few months where I literally said, “that was so much fun!”

What is fun for you? I mean REALLY fun, not just enjoyable. Do you know?

It’s different for each of us, and might be different depending upon the seasons of our lives.

I watch American Ninja Warrior, and all the people who say test their body to the max and ending up falling into a shallow pool of water as they lose to an obstacle only to jump up with a huge grin on their face and say “that was so much fun!”  I don’t think it would be very much fun for me. But doing a triathlon was fun.

I know people who get so into a fantasy role playing game who say that’s incredibly fun. Again, not for me. But an escape room is!

I even know people who say that cleaning and decorating are fun! Again, not me. But writing  is! Thinking and planning and world building and inventing easter eggs is so much fun.

One thing that seems to be a common factor is that fun is totally absorbing. We get completely lost in whatever activity we’re doing. Everything else fades away. We’re transported to a different state of mind.

And that’s why fun is so important. It’s a break from the every day. It’s an opportunity to escape, to go away and come back with a completely new perspective.

Fun isn’t just for kids. I’d say that those of us who pretend to be grownups need it even more! And if you can’t remember the last time you had a bunch of fun or you can’t even remember what’s fun for you, then you need it most of all! If life is serious or hard or even sad, that’s when we need fun to help us get through.

So go have fun. Lots of it. Frequently.

My favorite Mary Englebright magnet says “Let’s put the fun back in dysfunctional!”

In the meantime, remember these things: You are loved. We are all loved. Let’s all be kind. And in all things – progress, not perfection!

Love, and light in the pages,

Maggie

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