hen you think of fun, what comes to mind? Maybe a few drinks at the pub, going to a party, doingsomething exciting, or going on holiday? Of course you need to have fun; you have a stressfullife, children, a mortgage, no money, relationship problems. You deserve a little fun in life.
When you are a child, what does fun mean? Happily running round in circles, playing with boxes, chasingthe dog, painting our faces. This is fun! Everyone encourages you! Climbing trees, laughing with friends,riding our bikes, without a care in the world... Then we grow up, and become adults. Now, no one encourages you to climb a tree, ride your bike, splash in the stream or swim in the lake.Unless of course, you are on a scheduled holiday from work that is. Then it’s acceptable.You’re an adult now, face up to your responsibilities. Become more serious. After all, life is a serious business! Get a job, get married, get a mortgage, get children, get a better job, get a bigger mortgage, getmore children.Wait a minute, what’s this about? We all know we have to eat, and have somewhere to live. We also knowwe are biologically programmed to seek out a mate and have children, to ensure the human race doesn’t dieout. That’s pretty clear isn’t it? We all know we have to work to earn some money, as that is how we pay for food, accommodation, clothing, holidays, children, etc... But who told you to be serious?
Concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities
In your work, you sometimes have to be serious, but by that, I mean concentrate; pay attention to what youare doing. If you are a welder, an airline pilot, a scaffolder, a typist, or a deal maker, it makes perfect sensefor you to be “serious” whilst you are involved in that activity, otherwise the job would not be done safely,correctly, or to anyone’s satisfaction.But this is a different type of seriousness, the type that comes from inside, the seriousness which is notconcentration or attention to detail. This is sadness. Look around you in the office, or your place of work.Look at your colleagues faces. What do you see? Do you see happiness/joy in what they are doing? Do theylook like they are
themselves?“Hold it,” I hear some of you say “work is not a place to enjoy yourself; you enjoy yourself in your owntime, not in the company’s time.”But this
your time, your very, very, short time on this planet – 80 or 90 years for the lucky ones. Andout of that time, how much time do you spend working? Well, if you live in a country with an educationsystem and retirement plan, you may leave school at 18 and work until 65 (otherwise you would findyourself working almost your whole life till you die, if you have no money) that’s 47 years. 47 years! So let’slook at your life span:0 – 5:Just fun6 – 12:Fun plus school12 – 18:Fun decreasing, seriousness increasing (must study
)18 – 65:Work 65 – 80:Retired, coping with the onset of old age. Die. The end. Now that might seem a bit morbid for a topic entitled “Fun,” but I just want to show you that the majority of your life will be spent at work. At least 8 hours per day, plus travel time. Nearly half of the 24 hour day. Oh, Iforgot to mention, you’ll need to take approximately 7 to 8 hours off for sleeping too, leaving you with agrand total of about 5 hours for
! Oh yes, you’ll need to eat as well, have a shower, look after thechildren, pay some bills...It’s no wonder people are heading off for a drink to relax! They haven’t got time for anything else.Climbing trees, riding your bike? No chance! Maybe a quick drink, cinema, or something to eat and straightto bed, is all most people can manage at the end of the working day. You haven’t got time for anything else.Work is taking up all of your time.“But everyone needs to work” you say. “How would we eat, pay the mortgage...”But that’s not what we are talking about here. What we are discussing, is that when you are an adult, youare expected to be serious. The company expects you to be serious, your parents expect you to be serious:“When will you ever grow up?” The whole of society wants you to be serious. Everyone expects something