I was getting worried for a minute there.
I have been hearing a bit about ‘fun’ this week and the podcast I was listening to, while on a fun walk in the forest, got me a tad annoyed. Now I usually enjoy this particular podcast, but the discussion on ‘fun’ got me going.
They said, and I shudder with horror as I write this, that they dislike the word fun and some of the hosts couldn’t relate to fun at all!
Apparently this conversation was started following a podcast by a US couple, I’m not really aware of them but many would be if I mentioned their names, and the fact that one of the couple commented that her partner didn’t know how to do fun, at all. So one of the women liked to do fun things like practical jokes, and the other one didn’t get the ‘fun’ aspect of anything much. This has since sparked off a big conversation with lots of others joining in and now I’ve joined the throng too!
I mean….come on people!! Lighten up 🙂
I then started having conversations with those around me, about their interpretation of fun, what they did for fun and how they saw fun.
The Mathematician said it is anything he enjoys doing, even tasks and jobs, not even something for pure entertainment’s sake. He always makes his own fun, especially when he’s pottering around outside.
On my blog’s Facebook page I even took to asking people to comment on what fun means to them and I got some great answers, which is why I started with the word ‘phew’, as I was worried everyone around me was losing their sense of fun! Here’s a sample of responses:
- listening to music, singing along while in the car
- playing word games
- colouring in
- spending time with pets
- watching a comedy show
- travelling in the great outdoors and finding wonderful things along the way
- walking football
- creativity using mixed media just for the process, so there’s no pressure
- splashing in the waves at the beach
- by making sure others are having fun
- telling and listening to stories around a campfire
- Saturday night BBQ, a fire-pit and music
- sliding down a slippery dip
One of the best comments was from Denyse who said she believes fun is an attitude and I totally agree with her!
Now, I know only too well that life isn’t always fun, but I also know the way to have fun and the importance of not taking things too seriously all the time. I can, and often do, laugh at myself!
What does FUN mean?
Fun is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “Light-hearted pleasure, enjoyment, or amusement; boisterous joviality or merrymaking; entertainment”. Although particularly associated with recreation and play, it may be encountered during working time. Source
To me, fun is something that makes me happy, it can be spontaneous, it gives me pleasure and it’s a part of my attitude to life. It might only last a minute but at least it’s there. It isn’t necessarily the same thing each time but it’s definitely something that makes me smile and take delight in the world around me. It’s a joyful feeling, however fleeting it might be.
Without some fun, how dark a place would it be?
So what do I do for fun?
Playing tea parties with my almost 3 year old granddaughter; giving piggybacks; going down a slippery dip; whooping with joy as I ride my bike; singing loudly and badly as I walk in the forest; scrunching leaves for the satisfying crunch they make; taking photos and sharing them; reading a book; hanging out in my sunroom in the back yard on crisp wintry days; belonging to groups like my 2 bookclubs; making others laugh; sitting quietly watching the sunset; playing with my grandchildren whenever I can; family time; being silly; looking for the bright side of life; writing and blogging are fun activities – the list goes on…..
I know I am lucky to be in a position to take more time for fun these days. Many others aren’t so lucky – they have demanding jobs, young children to care for or financial/medical/health issues to contend with on a daily basis. True, it’s been a hard year or so lately for everyone with the pandemic, but in my opinion, that’s where balance comes in and fun is one of those things we all need in our lives.
I manage to have fun most days, I make time to observe the world around me, I have a quirky sense of humour, I see fun things and I delight in joyful moments. As an example this past week I met up with an old school friend I hadn’t seen in over 50 years! We had corresponded beforehand after she reached out to see if it was me, over facebook. While I was visiting Canberra recently we arranged to meet for lunch and it was a lot of fun catching up on each other’s lives!
How about you?
What does fun mean to you? Do you have anything to add? How do you do ‘fun’?
Feel free to click on Denyse’s link up and see what others have shared and maybe join in!
Thanks for your visit, I’d love to hear from you 🙂
To finish, here is my happy face, in the form of a selfie, as I am about to go down the slide.
This week’s prompt for Denyse’s #lifethisweek is Share Your Snaps, so I am sharing some fun snaps! Also linking up with Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share because the wet wintry weekend here can do with some fun!
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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