Daily Motivation: It's Funny What A Little Fun Can Do
With music blaring from the iPod docking station, Tanya, Christie, Peggy, and I danced around the kitchen giggling like crazy. We stayed up late, ate ridiculous amounts of food, played pranks, skipped, planked on the metro, performed music in public spaces, and laughed until our cheeks hurt.
Although this was much of what my college days were like living with these women, this is not a memory from ten years ago. These events all took place just two weeks ago when we met for a getaway weekend in Washington D.C. Oh, and yes, I'm 31.
As I sat on the plane on my way back to Denver, I let moments replay themselves from throughout the weekend in my mind. I suddenly realized I was feeling more energized than I have been in a long, long time. "Impossible!" I thought. We had done so much in a short amount of time and I'd stayed up later than I had in years. On all accounts, I should be exhausted. Instead, I was alert and refreshed. But why?
We had a weekend void of expectations, time constraints, and responsibilities. We had a weekend of reconnecting, reminiscing, and dreaming. We had a weekend of being girlfriends. And it was fun!
And fun is important. It’s as simple as that.
Our lives can be so serious and schedule-driven that it’s easy to forget how having a little fun can completely rejuvenate the spirit. My college roomies brought the “fun” out in me that I had stuffed away in the midst of work, sick kids, daily routines and well, life. They saw what I needed without any prompting on my part and made it happen. To be understood on such a unique level is an honor that I do not take lightly.
Since returning home, I’ve made it a priority to relax a little bit more in my days. I’m not racing to get the kids out of the house in the morning or pulling my hair out at having to listen to one more track of the kids’ cd in the car. Instead, I’ve started making up new lyrics to songs and found fun games and ways to speed up the kids out the door on their own. My husband and I are laughing more and even my students have commented on my general cheery demeanor.
Funny how a little “fun” can change so much! So where will you start to add some fun into your lives? May I suggest skipping? It’s always a great place to start and will most certainly end with a smile.
Meghan Daniel is a teacher, mother and wife in Denver, Colorado. Meghan writes daily about finding thankfulness in life, love and parenting in her popular blog, Adventures Out West.