Fun

Fun a.k.a. amusement and enjoyment, pleasure or horseplay! It can be described as whimsical, flamboyant or a diversion and is synonymous with boisterousness and even rough and tumble, or simply having a good time. That sounds easy enough to attain, but let’s be honest, it is just not that breezy to always have some fun or even make it part of our lifestyles. When did you last truly have a good fine bit of fun? When did you last catch yourself with a massive smile on your face? When did you last do something mischievous? What does fun look and feel like to you?

Fun often seems to involve hot bodies, yachts, wine and selfies with really big smiles in the media, but it could also be much simpler. Fun can be a deep sense of satisfaction too or a soft giggle, it doesn’t have to be teeth and hugs all around. It is supposed to be so simple that a child can have some any time he chooses. Fun is a choice and an outlook as much as it is an action.

The wheel of joy

The simplicity of fun, is found in the little things.

Here is a small experiment : Select any object that has been with you for some time, next, study it closely for at least a minute, and see if there is anything you have never noticed about it previously. Amazing right? Amusing too. I’m pretty sure there is at least one bit of detail you have not picked up on before. Now, I’m not saying you should stare at your wall and every piece of clothing in your house for the day, I’m saying, look at the same thing in a different way and be amused at what detail you have overlooked. Amusement may also be paying some attention to something you have not noticed before, like the weeds growing on the sidewalk or the fly walking on the outside of your window. Find fun new ways of looking at all things in life.

By presuming that there is something more interesting in everything you encounter, you set yourself up for amusement and amazement. Presume there is something to learn and possible hidden treasure everywhere. In a digital age, you may even take it a step further and go type that thing’s name into a search engine and see what pops up. When were oats first put in a box? How was this old piece of furniture made? Ask a few questions about that object and you might just be amused in the simplest of ways.


One aspect of fun is being flamboyant. Being flamboyant in architecture means wavy lines, in clothing it might mean colourfully patterned fabrics or hairpieces or out-of-the usual jewellery. It can simply mean showy. So how do you have a bit of flamboyant fun in a simple way? What about wearing a brighter-than-usual red colour lipstick when you go out or show up on your online call? What about choosing that purple winter coat instead of the black one you’ve been wearing for years? You could start a discussion about a topic that is out of your usual line of conversation with your friends; simple but flamboyant. Try speaking about the meaning of life or spirituality rather than the weather. Flamboyant fun might be making a statement like wearing a white armband with the word “NO” written on it. You could set your table elaborately at your next dinner instead of having it in front of your television as usual. Flamboyant moments can be hidden amongst the more mundane. You could make a meal originating from a different country than your own or flash-fry some Chinese herbs with your grandmother’s traditional bean soup. Have flamboyant fun in the simplest of ways, using what you have, but doing it with a bit of jazz.

The simplicity of fun, is found in the little things. Here is a small experiment : select any object that has been with you for some time, next, study it closely for at least a minute,and see if there is anything you have never noticed about it previously. Amazing right? Amusing too. I’m pretty sure there is at least one bit of detail you have not picked up on before. Now, I’m not saying you should stare at your wall and every piece of clothing in your house for the day, I’m saying, look at the same thing in a different way and be amused at what detail you have overlooked. Amusement may also be paying some attention to something you have not noticed before, like the weeds growing on the sidewalk or the fly walking on the outside of your window.

By presuming that there is something more interesting in everything you encounter, you set yourself up for amusement. Presume there is something to learn and possible hidden treasure everywhere. In a digital age, you may even take it a step further and go type that thing’s name into a search engine and see what pops up. When were oats first put in a box? How was this old piece of furniture made? Ask a few questions about that object and you might just be amused in the simplest of ways.


One aspect of fun is being flamboyant. Being flamboyant in architecture means wavy lines, in clothing it might mean colourfully patterned fabrics or hairpieces or out-of-the usual jewellery. It can simply mean showy. So how do you have a bit of flamboyant fun in a simple way? What about wearing a brighter-than-usual red colour lipstick when you go out or show up on your online call? What about choosing that purple winter coat instead of the black one you’ve been wearing for years? You could start a discussion about a topic that is out of your usual line of conversation with your friends; simple but flamboyant. Try speaking about the meaning of life or spirituality rather than the weather. Flamboyant fun might be making a statement like wearing a white armband with the word “NO” written on it. You could set your table elaborately at your next dinner instead of having it in front of your television as usual. Flamboyant moments can be hidden amongst the more mundane. You could make a meal originating from a different country than your own or flash-fry some Chinese herbs with your grandmother’s traditional bean soup. Have flamboyant fun in simple ways, using what you have, but doing it with a bit of jazz.

Find moments for joy and smiling

Fun is seen as enjoyment. Enjoying something is taking satisfaction from it. Eating home-made cacao treats slowly, licking and looking and smelling rather than scoffing them down , is enjoying something fully. Surely this one isn’t too difficult to do? Find some enjoyment in a day. by slowing down and taking satisfaction from the little things and moments in life. It is really just noticing the fulfilment or joy something brings you like savouring a meal or listening to eloquently spoken poetry, your body adoring a warm shower or looking at a beautiful sunset. Close your eyes right now and think of some exotically enjoyable moments... The senses are there for enjoyment.

So, the question is : “How can I have more fun and enjoyment daily?”.

The simple answer is to remind yourself of what you enjoy and what you deem as fun. The next step is to make it a habit until it becomes a lifestyle where, even though the apocalypse may be be coming, you enjoy the life you have. Having fun keeps you younger and healthier too!

Pick a new song to listen to every day when you wake up or open any book at a random page and sing the words. How about putting some comedy on while making tea? What about setting an alarm at a random time in the day and taking five minutes to enjoy something. Anything! Enjoy the view, or hug yourself or someone else. Enjoy sitting with your eyes closed or simply the sensation of water running down your throat as you quench your thirst. Music is an adventure and is a quick change to an environment and the vibration around it. You might as well have a little move and dance while the music is going. Instant party for one or more with some fun.

The actual acknowledgement of something you enjoy is equally powerful, By reminding ourselves we are enjoying something, we give our whole being a sense of satisfaction. Make a mental note of the moments and things you enjoyed on that day as you close your eyes for sleep.


Fun can be found in learning a new skill. You do not need to become a professional, you simply need to try and hopefully fail too. You need to go in without expectation of becoming good , you need to get the ego out of the way and step into 5-year-old mode; they don’t care so much about getting something right, because they just do things, sometimes regardless of the outcome. “Failing” is simply one more way of how not to do something and one step closer to success. So get out of the idea of failure and see it as feedback and enjoy the fun process of learning a new skill.

TO DO :

Make a list of a few basic skills that you would like to try your hand at. Learn to sharpen knives with flair, learn to tie your tent string like a seasoned sailor, or make a tincture out of wild herbs. So many skills to acquire, so little time! There are countless resources online or in books or online Masterclasses to teach you the quickest, coolest, fastest or fanciest way to do things. Pick something that won’t take a lot of time or money to start with, try a variety of skills out and pick something that is accessible to you right now. Once you have explored a few possible skills and joy find one you really enjoy, you can invest more time and money in making it a long-term learning.

How many times have you tried to draw a cat? How many times have you thought of making sauerkraut? Ever pondered if you could do an online illustration? Been wondering how long it takes to grow peas? Why not find out? If the peas die, at least you tried. If the cat you drew looks like a hat, that’s fine. Sauerkraut have funny things growing on the surface? Awesome! (But rather don't eat it then.)Have fun letting your friends smell it. You tried and you are still alive, that’s a great place to start! Have fun failing and equal amounts of fun succeeding in a new skill.


We are never too old or too young to learn

A surprising way to have more fun, is to have less clutter. Strive to live a more minimalistic life. If there is less stealing your time and attention, you should have time free to spend on more fabulous things. Another good tip is to do whatever is in your routine, in a slightly different way. If you run often, consider a different route or time of day. If you like having breakfast every day at the same time, try out different spots to eat it. Do something blatantly silly, lay down on a park bench; skip a bit while walking in the mall. The moment you realize that life is, in fact, not as serious as you had suspected it to be, you realize that humans thrive better on silliness than seriousness.



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