Adults don’t have enough fun in their lives
December 1, 2017 5:17am CST
When was the last time you really laughed about something? I don’t mean just a polite chuckle, but really laughed until your eyes watered and your sides ached, or you had a fit of the giggles and just couldn’t stop? It occurred to me a few years ago that life had become rather dull in this respect. I wasn’t unhappy, everything was fine but it just wasn’t really fun any more. I carried on in the same routine day after day, and yes I did things I enjoyed and spent time chatting pleasantly with friends and colleagues but it wasn’t really FUN in the same way that life used to be when I was younger. Of course bad things happen in life too and everyone goes through difficult, upsetting and depressing times, but sometimes it seems that adults still experience the ‘lows’ of life but miss out on the ‘highs’ – often they just continue the daily grind and live in hope that one day they will win the lottery and then they’ll be happy (except of course it doesn’t work like that). So I’ve been making an effort to do more fun stuff, and who cares if other grown-ups think I’m silly? Of course it’s easier when you have children because they can join in and that makes it all seem more ‘legitimate’ somehow, when we run around throwing autumn leaves at each other on the way home from school or something like that. It’s also an antidote to the modern sedentary life – how many people do you know who sit at a desk all day and then go to the gym a couple of times a week as just another chore. Exercise and having fun should go together – remember your childhood with hula hoops, skipping ropes, and all kinds of other active and fun things? For my last birthday I got a ‘space-hopper’ – remember them? The girls and I have hopper races around the house until we’re laughing too much to hop any more, and every one of my adult friends who visits wants to have a go too. They all soon have massive smiles on their faces – and it’s great exercise too I can tell you! All rights reserved. © Text and image copyright Fleur 2017.
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• Southend-On-Sea, England
I agree. The last time I really laughed properly rather than just a little chuckle or a grin, was probably more than ten years ago when I used to work with a girl who had a really unusual sense of humour. I'd be sitting in the office in fits of hysterical laughter for most of the day.
• United States
That sounds great. It's best to always find fun and happiness in everything you do in life. Life to too short to waste time being mad or sad. My kids and I find fun things to do everyday. I even try to make cleaning up fun for them and they really enjoy helping when I make a game of it.
• Eugene, Oregon
I have seen those, but never tried one. Sounds like fun. I like to take fast walks for a mile or two enjoying the scenery and birds. I also play ping pong three times a week with a group of eight to twelve people and we have a lot of fun.
That is awesome. That is something that I would do. I love having fun and laughing out loud. Those are the best moments in life. Life is just too short not to have fun and enjoy all those silly moments. Being silly is what I do best!
• Manchester, England
All of Mrs WorDazza's family used to hire bouncy castles for the kids' birthday parties. We always kicked the kids off for a while and jumped on ourselves. I actually think the kids found it more entertaining watching us than being on it themselves.
• United Kingdom
You're right - one of my best memories is of me, my Dad (in his 90s) and my daughter (aged about 5). My Dad had found an old hockey stick in the garage and gave it to my daughter to knock a ball around the garden - then he joined in with his walking stick held upside-down, and I grabbed an umbrella with a curved handle and we had a sort of impromptu game of improvised hockey, it was hilarious!
• Johannesburg, South Africa
I can't remember the last time that I laughed like that. Even with friends we're all dealing with so much that it is serious conversations. I have grinned recently, but not a belly laugh. Great you have the space hoppers to stay fit and have a good laugh. :)
• Hyderabad, India
Yes.I agree.But they enjoyed the maximum with all the things and comforts they had. They enjoyed everything which nobody in the present generation had enjoyed.Except those with sophisticated technology. Did you enjoy skipping? Have you competed with ladies in Skipping? I did and even won the races many times pushing the ladies behind.