When we’re young we perceive that everything is in front of us. We have a sense of wonder about us. The world is our oyster, as they say.
And as we age, we allow life to jade us. We have responsibilities on our shoulders – kids, jobs, mortgages, relationships, you name it. We think back nostalgically to our younger days when it seemed easier to be crazy and goofy and playful. The days when we could be more spontaneous.
It seems like the things that we did in college and in our twenties for fun, just don’t apply to our lives anymore.
And there you are: stuck. You may complain about getting old and use your age as a reason for not having fun.
But the truth is that you want to create those same feelings of joy and fun that you had in your younger days. You’re not quite sure how to do it. You just don’t know how to fill the hole of what’s missing. Or worse yet, you may be so out of touch with your joy that you don’t even know what you really desire anymore.
When we’re in this place what we don’t realize is that we’re just caught in a rut – in a pattern of thinking. And all that it requires to break this habit, is finding a fresh perspective.
Because the reality is this: joy and fun and adventure are available to us at all ages, they are not just reserved for the young. All we need to do is find new ways to experience them that feel authentic for where we are in life right now.
Grab a journal or a blank piece of paper and give yourself some time to sit quietly with these questions.
What really and truly lights me up? What fills me with inspiration and excitement?
What does fun look like to me today? Who is there? What are we doing? What are the smells, sights and sounds?
What is something I’ve been wanting to explore for a long time?
What’s an adventure I would really love to experience, whether it involves travelling somewhere or exploring something in my own backyard?