We all know how liberating and enriching having fun can be. So why do we take life so seriously?!
Yes times are tough for a lot of us. Reality can seem like a place a long way away from fun when we are struggling with work, bills, relationships, the doom fed to us by 24 hour news channels.
But here is the exciting bit. Fun is Free. Or it certainly can be if we want it to be. Yes, I would love to travel the world for fun. But the absence of funds to do it should not stop me having any fun at all. I can play with my nieces and nephew, meet with friends, dance around my kitchen, sing like a crazy lady in my car. The list is endless. Everything we do has to potential to bring us joy.
When we stop having fun we are switching off a vital energy source within us. Laughing, smiling, learning new things, letting off steam. These things keep us confident, happy, positive, friendly, and resilient in the face of problems. There is lots of research suggesting having fun supports a healthy immune system. So, don’t stop doing fun stuff. However tired and negative you might feel – fight for fun, your happiness is worth it.
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We are all individuals. Yet mass marketing, media messaging and government agendas all seek to sort us into groups. In turn this creates a social pressure, that “normal” is good, “normal” is aspirational.
“Normal” is easy to control from a social management point of view. We all know (well, most people reading this blog anyway!) what it feels like to be the odd one out.
Those situations where you express an opinion or display behaviour where you receive that look (what is, shock? Discomfort? Confusion?) It is made clear you are not normal and you don’t fit in there.
But. What if you do fit in? What if they are not normal to you? Who gets to say
what normal is?
Someone once told me in order for me to be accepted by the rest of my team I had to change everything about me to fit in (TRUE STORY!). Why do people expect us to want to fit in?! What a waste of everything that makes you special.
We are creative beings, and can create whatever “normal” we want. Be whatever feels “normal” to you.
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