A while ago now while I was talking to a friend I said something that I had never said before, but felt so natural it was as if I’d been saying it all my life, it just made perfect sense to me. “Don’t forget to have fun.” It came out like I was saying a normal sign off at the end of a conversation, this new formation of words feeling comfortable in my mind and on the screen.
I realise people often use the phrase “Have fun.” when talking to others, but I personally feel the addition of the words “Don’t forget to…” have paramount significance. If you imagine fun as an entity, it is all around us, all the time. Like a gas floating in the air the potential spark to ignite fun is always within us, but we often forget to light it, sometimes unaware we have the potential, which is essential to being happy.
No matter what situation you’re in; whether you’re stuck in traffic, at work, visiting relatives or just sat at home by yourself there is always this potential of being happy, to have fun, you just have to remember to have it. Obviously a lot of the time we don’t need to remember and just have fun naturally, but when you’re in a situation you find less than favourable, it’s easy to let that jaded and disgruntled feeling consume you and you forget about your potential to have fun.
If a small child can spend hours entertaining themselves by nothing more than playing with their fingers, I’m sure you can utilise your imagination to create all sorts of entertaining situations to maintain the sense of being happy. Being bored is a mental construct created by modern society. I’m sure if you went back a few thousand years you’d find the amount of people who spent time feeling bored would be drastically decreased.
It’s important to remember that being happy is a choice, that life is beautiful and perfect and we should stop taking it so seriously. But most of all, I urge you, don’t forget to have fun.