When was the last time you had fun? And I mean the let loose, throw caution to the wind and do something out-of-the-ordinary kind of fun. If you’re like most of us, you’re conjuring up old high-school and college memories right about now. In a world that prizes achievement, most of us get lulled into the almost hypnotic trance of the work day routine – but it’s important to know that we can break out of that mindset anytime we choose. That’s what a couple of my girlfriends and I did this past weekend. We very methodically scheduled in a little wild-time (okay, so it started out kind of tame – but hey, you have start somewhere!) Although we’re by no means experts, the path to good times is a fairly easy road to find by following these simple steps:
Move fun up on the to-do list – A little R & R isn’t frivolous – it’s necessary to achieve your highest state of functioning. A clear mind, refreshed body and positive outlook will not only help you be more efficient – but also enable you to enjoy yourself along the way. Since we always have way too many things screaming for our attention, grab your calendar and schedule in “good times” the same way you would a trip to the dentist. It has to be done. Period.
Do a buddy search – Take a good, hard look at the people in your life with an eye for those that always leave you feeling good. If you can laugh and find topics of conversation easily – then you’ve found you adventure allies. While you may have to tailor activities to suit your friend’s various budgets, no matter what you choose to do, the treasured memories and priceless tales told about your exploits will make everyone feel just a little bit richer.
Take a walk on the wild side – Make yourself do things that are just a bit outside of your comfort zone. No, you don’t have to go sky-diving if you’re afraid of heights, but do push the boundaries by trying new things. If it simultaneously scares you and thrills you at the same time – it’s perfect! We chose to visit a Chippendale’s show. While that might not be a big deal for some, it was just enough for three weary, workaholic women. And I’ll admit that once I overcame my initial urge to run for it, I was actually pretty proud of myself for taking part in such a fun and free atmosphere (albeit from my obscure location in the back of the room!)
Silliness is the order of the day – Serious topics should be held for another time – this is all about fun! While guffawing in the office is discouraged, its job number one when having fun. In fact, let’s make that our new mantra – repeat after me – “its job number one, when havin’ fun!” See just how silly you can get. You may be surprised to find that you will actually have to work at it. We forget how to be silly and carefree – and that’s a pretty high price to pay for worldly success. Recapture your youthful vitality by setting aside pretense and getting a little crazy.
Start out slow and then kick-it-up a notch – Once you get with the program there’s no limit to the adventures you can have. There are entire businesses that focus solely on adventure travel – outlining escapades across the globe! Imagine zip-lining through the rainforest of Brazil, kayaking in New Zealand or hiking the Inca Trail in Machu Picchu – all the while, restoring your mind and body, deepening your friendships, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Fun, it’s not just for kids anymore. Give it a try!
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