For a while I got the sense that something felt wrong. My commitment to embracing self-discipline remained rock solid. Besides the occasional cheat day my health was on point. Fortunate worked hard to keep skewing things positively in my favor – to the point where I started to think Lady Luck had a crush on me! If things are great why is there a thought gently nagging in the background of mind? What could I possibly be missing?
After two months of mulling it over I figured it out! The Missing Ingredient: FUN.
The most obvious things usually get overlooked. Somewhere along the way I forgot I that I’m allowed to have fun. It sounds stupid in it’s simplicity, but I think I feel into the trap of believing that being a real “adult” meant taking things seriously. Super seriously. Then I thought
Seriousness not a sustainable long-term strategy. To constantly approach things from a space of seriousness puts a limiter on the amount of joy one can feel. My mind’s default operating system is one of deep analysis of stringent rationalized thought. Running on this mode takes a huge power load so I’ve learned to let my mind unwind and embrace absurdity. We need to allow space for fun, creative, and uplifting thoughts. I borrowed Tim Ferriss’s question, “How can I make this more fun?” to spice up otherwise boring activities. It doesn’t require all that much extra effort either. Simple examples:
- Jam some tunes and dance while you do house chores
- Play with new words, phrases and emojis when you communicate
- Occasionally indulge in “childish” interests or hobbies
- Experiment with new foods/restaurants
Here’s my recipe:
Take a pound of Life
Grab a hand full of fun
Sharply flick the wrist…
“BAM!” – Now ya livin’!!
*recipe trademarked by Barry Crocker*