Although many people across America have a significant amount of daily responsibilities, you must find some time to have fun. Don’t get so busy that you forget that you have a life outside of those things that have you so busy and involved. Make time each day to engage with something that’s totally unrelated to your daily responsibilities to just have fun—even if it’s just for a brief moment. You will be amazed at what just a brief moment of fun each day can do for you to release some of the stress that accompanies being very busy. While one can understand that the things that have you very busy can be things that you enjoy and allow you to have fun, you need to take some separate time away from those things to devote completely to having fun.
Some people have not allowed themselves to experience the fullness that life has to offer. It’s okay to be adventurous sometimes. Go out and experience life. Do something that you’ve never done before. Don’t get so consumed by your routine that you think that you’re truly living a full life through your routine. You can be a serious and professional person and still have a significant amount of fun.
Never take yourself too seriously.
You don’t have to pretend to have fun. Do you know people who will sit up and create lies about things they supposedly have done and/or are doing to make you think they are having fun? Even when some people have told you that they did not have fun doing something, they will post messages on Facebook and Twitter about how they had and/or are having fun. Why lie about something like this? It seems that there are some deeper problems and challenges that people are struggling with that will cause them to resort to telling lies about something like this.
Although it’s vital to find time to have fun, you must understand that you shouldn’t dedicate so much of your time to having fun that you don’t take care of serious responsibilities. For example, you should not spend so much of your money having fun that you end up not having enough money to pay your rent or car note. Be responsible about how you have fun. Some people are always having fun and not doing the important things that they should be doing.
Just because you devote most of your time to having fun does not mean that your life is any better than the person who is only able to invest a more modest amount of time to having fun. Many people use Facebook to post pictures and location notifications to try to present themselves as people who are “living the life”—when in actuality they are not as happy and not as financially stable as they are attempting to advertise. Now, in no way does the previous statement try to suggest that all people who post pictures and location notifications about the places they go to and the things they do are posturing—the previous statement just offers an assertion that many people are guilty of doing this.
You can live a fun and responsible life. If you’re living a fun and responsible life, continue to enjoy your life. If you’re not living a fun and responsible life, do yourself a favor by starting to live a fun and responsible life.
Antonio Maurice Daniels
University of Wisconsin-Madison