25 things you can try to this month to bake enjoyment into your schedule. Because you don’t know how long you are here.
“I’m going to go snuggle in my bed with my puppies,” says my 12-year-old. It’s a Saturday afternoon. A rainy one. My son has zero expectations for the day. He could care less what his friends are doing. He is not thinking about what school will bring in two days after the holiday break. His only concern is with the present moment. Which involves “vegging” in bed with his pups while playing video games. Meanwhile, I’m over here staying “on my grind,” stressing out over bills, car problems, the upcoming work week, and the complexity of managing life in general.
Do I, we, have to take things so seriously ? Can’t there be a little humor, a little joi de vivre, in each day? We prioritize our “to do” items, so why can’t we prioritize having a little fun each day? We schedule everything else in our lives to death. Why not schedule enjoying ourselves? Here are twenty-five things to try this month to prioritize having fun.
1. Practice your hobby
2. Spend time with pets (or borrow one for a day)
3. Watch a comedy special on Netflix (esp. Dave Chappelle)
4. Ride a bike
5. Take a walk barefoot
6. Schedule coffee with a friend and have no agenda
7. See a movie with a loved one
8. Go to a new art exhibit with someone you haven’t seen in a while
9. Spend a weekend day at a winery or local cheesemaker
10. Go roller skating (even if you suck)
11. Plan a vacation
12. Go see a motivational speaker
13. Start learning a foreign language using an app and practice with someone
14. Try a sport that’s totally outside your comfort zone (eg., boxing)
15. Take an improv class
16. Schedule a karaoke night with friends
17. Host a potluck with your neighbors
18. Schedule a massage
19. Go out dancing
20. Go to a comedy club
21. Buy a humorous coloring book
22. Try the new restaurant in your town
23. Join a meetup group with people who share your interests (or better yet, start one of your own)
24. Have a party for no particular reason
25. Do what you loved as a child
Most of all, stop taking everything so seriously. Life is fleeting. Enjoy every day to its fullest, and have some fun!