It's Time to Have Some Fun

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. - George Bernard Shaw

I have a wonderful memory of my daughter on her first day of Kindergarten. She was so excited she was skipping to school.

Children are entertaining to be around because they know how to have fun. They can spend hours watching an ant or wondering about something as simple as a potato bug.

It is easy for children to make new friends and they do not hesitate to invite strangers into their playgroups. They are quick to offer a hug and a smile when a friend is sad.

Young children are not embarrassed to go out wearing mismatched clothing. They love to experiment with different colors. They love to play with clay, paint and chalk. Every one of their drawings becomes a work of art and they immediately hang them up for everyone to see.

They have endless amounts of energy and they are curious about the world around them. They ask interesting questions like, “why is the sky blue?” and “why does the ocean change colors?” They are not afraid to walk in the rain or play in the snow. They find something interesting to look at wherever they go.

Something strange occurs when we get older. We stop enjoying rain or snow because it makes our commute to work miserable. We are constantly in a rush and we get irritated when a child wants to stop to look at a worm wriggling on the sidewalk. We are overwhelmed by our never-ending lists of things that we need to accomplish before the end of the day. We procrastinate because a large portion of our list usually includes stuff that we really don’t want to do. We become critical of our work. It is not good enough. It is not perfect. We become critical of others. We live with a huge amount of stress.

We have forgotten how to have fun.

When was the last time you went to a playground to swing on the swings and slide down the slide? When did you last search for a four-leaf clover? Have you looked for pictures in the clouds lately or searched for dandy lions to make a wish? When was the last time you built a sand castle or walked barefoot in the sand? When was the last time you let the ocean waves splash on your pants without being concerned about getting wet?

It’s time to find fun in your life. Playing allows us to relax and get ready to face our daily stresses.

Learn how to street surf, roller blade or ride a scooter. Spend time with children. Buy a new set of crayons and start to draw. Try finger painting. Hang your works of art on the refrigerator door for everyone to see.

Start right now. It is time to have some fun.