Friday, September 23rd, 2016
The dictionary defines Fun as: enjoyment, amusement, or lighthearted pleasure; amusing, entertaining, or enjoyable.
Let’s go back to our childhood for a moment. To those times as a child when we laughed in school, snickered at the dinner table or laughed out during formal events. Do you remember what we were told? Do you remember how it felt to hear, “That’s not funny” from an overbearing and terminally serious adult? It was more devastating than you think.
All those times we were told “act your age”, “grow up”, or “wipe that smile off your face”, we were basically belittled for embracing the fun side of life. We were ridiculed for catching a simple ray of light. And as a result, we believed the myth that successful, responsible, and respectable adults should be deeply and perpetually serious.
It’s this mistaken pursuit of seriousness that drove us away from fun and humor. But the pursuit of seriousness, ironically, also drove us away from excellence —for we were led to believe that seriousness was all that was needed to tackle this big cruel world. And that led to a lack of excellence or what the bell curve refers to as average. Do you really want average to be your goal?
The key to success is excellence, not seriousness. The key to success and fulfillment in life is achieving a balance between excellence or integrity and fun.
It’s not about the days in your life, but the life in your days. It’s about the value with which we live rather than the amount of time we have left. Do things well, make them fun, and you will add life to your days.
Summing-up: In terms of days and moments lived, you’ll never again be as young as you are right now, so spend this day, the youth of your future, in a way that deflects regret. Invest in yourself. Have some fun. Do something important. Love somebody extra. In one sense, you’re just a kid, but a kid with enough years on her to know that every day is priceless.