A day without shaking it, is a day wasted. I thought everyone (at least at the Goddess Center) followed these words of wisdom. Apparently, I was seriously mistaken. Recently, one of my students at the Goddess Center informed me that she was not going to be able to make it to this series of cheerleading classes. She was trying to be "responsible" and had too many things on her plate. Granted, shaking your pom-poms and refining your "liberty" arms is not usually a high priority for a 30-year old successful businesswoman. But I knew how much she loved class and wearing the short cheer skirts. She often said it was the most fun thing she did each week.
This got me thinking of how little women value having fun. It's the first thing we remove when we have a full schedule or are financially strapped. It's even lower on our list than pampering ourselves. Someone please tell me why having an organized desk is more important than going to the beach?
On second thought, I don't want to know. I whole-heartedly believe that having fun, without agenda (furthering your career, burning calories or having a cleaner house) is one of the great reasons to live. It is living.
Now, I am not advising you to become totally irresponsible and quit your job in pursuit of happiness (maybe just a little). But there must be thing you just enjoy doing (and if you can't think of any, I suggest that you forget laundry this week and start discovering what brings you joy). These fun things put everything in perspective, make us excited in anticipation before they happen and giggle long after they are over. Isn't that more important than having a clean shirt?
Personally, having fun tops my priority list. It is also how I measure things: I believe the best bellydancer in class is the one who can laugh at herself and the best surfer is the one splashing around and having a great time. I try to have as much fun as I can everyday, especially when life becomes truly challenging.
Feel free to share your ideas and experiences of having fun with me. I would love to hear about what amusing things you like to do! So, enroll in that class you always say you wanted to take, go to that softball game, allow yourself to be the last person to leave a party and do something that makes you laugh!
Posted on Fri, May 2, 2008
by Ms. Dolphina