By Kenneth Justice
~ ‘You take yourself way too serious!’
Ever hear that before?
For many of us there is this point in life where life becomes less about living out every day to the fullest…..and more about facing our adult responsibilities head-on with 100% of our energy and focus.
There’s nothing wrong with being responsible; actually I suspect there are too many adults out there who are not responsible enough.
But there are also a lot of us adults who have forgotten how to have fun;
—) We became so involved in our career it has made us into a new person
—) We spend more of our evenings zoned out in front of a television after working a hard 8-hour shift and we rarely get outside and enjoy the world
—) Our meals are on-the-go…..and sitting at a café with a friends has become a luxury rather than a standard.
Did you go to college? Do you remember what made college great? No it wasn’t the tests! A big element of what makes college great is the people! It’s hanging out in the cafeteria with fellow students and enjoying the discussion that began in the classroom but has now overflown into our life.
Too many of us are weighed down by bills, budgets, deadlines, economic woes, and more of our day is spent dwelling on stuffy, tiresome, and tedious thoughts that land us right in front of our television because our minds are too tired to do anything else by the end of the night.
Many of us adults have forgotten how to have fun.
Last weekend I went to one of the largest Renaissance Festivals in the United States, somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 people hung out in the middle of a fictional 16th century English village; complete with knights, queens, princesses, jesters and the whole lot…..
I know what you’re thinking……..the type of place where a bunch of loons hang-out. Well, I can’t disagree with you on that; there were definitely a lot of ‘characters’.
But all-in-all it was a fun time.
What really throws me for a loop at these type of events is not the performers or the people who work at the them; what amazes me is how many of the patrons dress up!
At least half the crowd was dressed up in full medieval regalia and it’s quite a sight to see grown men and women dressed up like they just stepped out of King Arthur’s Court getting out of their Chrysler Grand Cherokee
But let’s face; these people were having fun…and they were all doing it with a British accent since that is something of a prerequisite to being at this kind of festival.
While so many of us in the Western World are getting older by the minute and rarely enjoying our days…..there are others out there who still want to play dress-up like when they were children; and to those people I say, ‘good for them’.
Life is too short to be weighed down moment-by-moment with major catastrophes.
—) Yes our current circumstance might suck
—) Yes our job might be very hectic
—) Yes life is serious and we shouldn’t waste it in non-stop revelry
But as the Proverb says, ‘There is a season and a time for everything’….and we shouldn’t forget that having fun is something we should never forget how to do.
Perhaps ‘having fun’ is something I think about because I spend so much time following the NEWS. This past week things have been out-of-control in Lebanon, Egypt, and Syria; and that’s just to mention a few of the countries that are each on the tip-of-the-iceberg when it comes to governmental chaos and instability.
I don’t ever want to be one of those people who are ignorant to what is going on around the world. I don’t ever want to be someone who never gets out of his own backyard.
Yet at the same time; I also don’t ever want to forget how to have fun.
Yes, as adults we definitely need to learn how to be responsible; but that doesn’t mean we have to become old and stuffy!
Of course we should also never forget how to make a good cup of coffee…..but that is another thing altogether.