Note To Self: Have Fun!
by Saleam Singleton
A year ago
As far back as I can remember, I’ve been a pretty serious person. While I am also quite silly and playful, I often forget the essence of true fun. When was the last time you stopped and had a dance break? It's been a while for me. Things can be gloomy these days. The news, social media, politics. It’s so easy to get caught up in it all. On top of the fact that work still needs to be done. But you know what? I don’t want to lose my youthfulness. I’m referring to my ability to play, to lose control. It seems like that drifts away as one adopts maturity. Little by little. I have to keep reminding myself to let my childlike self flow.
These past several months have been a chance to be with myself. I’ve addressed this before, and we’ve all had a similar experience. I’ve been relearning how to enjoy laughing, watching an old show, drawing. Simply living life. But make it fun! Monday through Friday shouldn’t go to waste on work alone. My goal is to do all the touristy NYC things I’ve never done (at least the ones I can do safely). I’m making a list of all the things my teenage self would have loved to do. Things I completely forgot about. Why not? After a year like this, I owe it to myself to enjoy life.
There are numerous studies that suggest the importance of playing. The benefits seem pretty obvious to me. Increased joy, less stress, more creativity. Yet I still manage to forget to tap into it from time to time. You know what - I’m adding that Leggo bucket to my Amazon shopping cart. Perhaps it was the role of adulthood that made me second guess it before. When I was a kid, I used to dread becoming an adult. I didn’t want to stop using my imagination. I’m glad I’ve kept that part of me alive. I’m still playing and dreaming. I took that dance break today, and it felt great!