September 26, 2022

What Do You Do For Fun?


It is time for a break from the serious side of retirement. For now, don't think about financial problems, relationship woes, the future of democracy,  health issues, or why eggs cost as much as meat, and since when are all doctors about 20 years old?

When was the last time you really had fun? Can you recall a moment when you just smiled, laughed, and thoroughly enjoyed yourself? What happened to make you become a child again, full of joy or abandon?

Of course, we can't live in that moment all that often. That's not how life works. Plus, if almost everything was fun, then how special would it be? Doesn't something really light you up because it is not ordinary, not part of the day-to-day that makes up most days?

So, just for a little while today, I'd like you to remember something that was just plain fun...something that even now you remember fully and fondly. Then, I am going to ask you to share what you recall. Maybe your time of fun will inspire one of us to decide to follow your lead. Maybe your memories will give us the kick we need to add some fun to our day.

Here are thought starters, some possibilities of the last time you just really let loose and had fun. I imagine you will add your own way to kick loose:

Vacations and travel...I am hard-pressed to think someone doesn't go on a vacation or travel to a new or favorite spot, if not to have fun and make new memories.

Spending time in nature...maybe just a quiet hour enjoying the sights and sounds. Maybe sketching that monarch butterfly that is on the bush in from of you

Painting, writing, singing, dancing...any creative endeavor that makes you smile..woodworking, quilting, and photography come to mind.

Game nights...with family, spouse, partner, roommates, good friends. It could be a card game, board game, or something on the computer.

Playing VR games, watching favorite movies...an enjoyable way to pass a few hours is with a favorite flick, one that never seems to get old. If you are adventurous, maybe putting on a VR headset and exploring the jungles of Africa or diving into a VR coral reef is more your speed.

Walking, jogging, running a marathon...the health benefits and endorphins make you happy and feel productive.

Eating or cooking your favorite food...Why else go out to a meal? Whatever your favorite dish or cuisine, eating well is its own brand of fun.

Playing or watching a favorite sport...what other explanation could there be for someone to spend lots of money to watch grown men tackle each other, or someone bat a ball back and forth. Hitting the game-winning home run? Even better.

This should get you started. How do you have fun?

22 comments:

  1. Let me count the ways! Game nights with friends & family top the chart. So often we end up smiling & laughing until our faces hurt. Hanging with friends old & new brings joy. My circle has celebrated many milestone birthdays lately; it's been fun to gather & reminisce while making new memories. I lose myself kayaking on one of the lakes here in NE Alberta. It's not the raucous fun of friends but I am transported to my happy place. Nothing beats a good tv comedy hour. Rick Mercer's new comedy hour is my favorite right now.

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    1. Our Sunday night family dinners often include card games to get everyone around a table and having a great time together. All ages can play and form great memories.

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  2. My last fun day was this past Saturday. My metal detecting club does a "big hunt" seeded hunt once a year in which painted pennies are buried in a large field with some pennies stamped with a number. We all converge on the field with our metal detectors and hunt for treasure. The painted pennies are exchanged for a silver dime and the numbered pennies are exchanged for prizes that range from a pair of gloves to a $500 metal detector. It was a good day of fun!

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    1. What an inventive idea! It combines your love of metal detecting with an old fashioned treasure hunt. It reminds me of geocaching, but with more immediate results.

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  3. My mission is to have fun everyday. I have a diversified portfolio of fun activities from painting in my studio to pitching horseshoes in my backyard. One activity is playing pickleball It is so much fun. When I return home from playing my wife often asks, "How many games did you win?' I can't quite give a correct answer because winning or losing is irrelevant to having fun on pickleball courts. I do return home with funny stories. There's so much laughing and joking around before, during, and after the games. Also, considering how much fun I have with my young grandchildren, I want a teeshirt that reads, WORLD'S SILLIEST GRANDPA.

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    1. I have been reading a lot about pickleball recently. It has been around for awhile but is really catching fire. I gather it is like tennis but a smaller court and lower physical conditioning required.

      Our grandkids are now of the age when being part of adult conversations, playing games, or watching a movie together, meets their needs. I miss the silly periods when they were younger!

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    2. Pickleball is a hybrid of tennis, ping pong, and badminton. You're right that lower physical conditioning is required. For example, my friend plays with a transplanted heart. I've met a number of people playing who have had knee replacement surgery. Some even play in wheelchairs although the rules are slightly modified for them. Although seniors predominantly play, the fastest growing group playing are young people.

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  4. Hi Bob! What a GREAT question! What's the statistic about children laughing 300 times a day while adults typically only laugh 17.5 times per day? I'm a big fan of laughing and having fun and three things that come to mind for me is 1) getting together with friends to talk and share a meal 2) riding my e-bike 3) dancing with wild abandon to a good rock and roll band! Of course there are many more spontaneous things to do but what's important is to do my best to include them on a regular basis. Thanks for the reminder. ~Kathy

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    1. I am surprised adults laugh that much. We all see so serious most of the time. When you, Thom, Betty, and I meet for lunch at the end of next week I expect major grins and giggles.

      BTW, watching me "dance" to rock is bound to make anyone smile. It looks more like I have electrical shocks coursing through my body!

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  5. I have fun playing ping pong. I also play golf but wouldn't describe it as fun. Too intense and frustrating (but it's still enjoyable to spend the time with friends). Yeah, my wife nad I go dancing, and that's fun too.

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    1. I remember we had a ping pong table in the basement of one our family homes when I was growing up. My father never, ever lost.

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  6. I’ve been driving from Idaho to Arizona monthly to see my Mom. This time I will go through the peach area of Utah and cruise through Bryce Canyon. Stops on the Navajo reservation at family booths often brings smiles to my lips.
    Otherwise, the twice a day walk with my dog in my neighborhood (or a local Snake River trail) keeps me level. We play lots of cards in January and February 😉.

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    1. That is quite a drive every month! Bryce Canyon is so spectacular, you will enjoy it.

      I used to come to Boise and Idaho Falls on business, with some trips in the winter. Cards inside makes lots of sense.

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  7. When my family gets together, we often end up playing games of one sort or another. The last game we played was a game called (no kidding) Burrito Dodge Ball. Add in a four year old and two autistic adults, and the hilarity rises exponentially. Needless to say, we all ended up rolling on the floor laughing. But the last time I had fun was a couple of weeks ago when I got to try out the go cart that my grandson got for his birthday. Nothing like a 70 year old Nana tearing down the street in a go cart!

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    1. Betty and I saw the go cart picture of you, having fun with a big smile on your face.

      Burrito Dodge Ball..the name gives me a general idea but I'd have to review the rules before agreeing to play.

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  8. Believing that kids are not the only ones entitled to fun, Alan and I refer to get togethers with family and friends as playdates. That always sets the mood. Certainly, travel and exploration are at the top of our list, but it's the small adventures that keep everyday life full of joy. We occasionally make what we call a "Secret Santa Run," leaving some small gift or treat in or on our kids' cars at their places of employment. (By agreement with our daughter-in-law, we don't include her because she's a school psychologist. The last thing we'd want to do is put school security on alert by driving slowly around the parking lot and leaving packages on vehicles. ) Last winter, along with a couple of cousins, we searched out a group of migrating eagles riding ice floes in the river. Maybe not for everyone, but we all love the natural world and had a blast. Met a nature photographer who was doing the same thing and enjoyed a great conversation with him, too. We take five adult size pool floats (two swans, a flamingo, an otter and a crab) to our family vacation at the lake every year. Without fail, those floats transform adults into ten year olds every time. We recently taught a friend how to play disc golf. That was like the blind leading the blind - and very much fun. Currently, we're looking forward to a cornhole tournament with our "Breakfast Club" friends - three other couples with whom we meet for breakfast every few months. I have an ongoing round robin riddle contest sort of thing going on with our daughter, son and daughter-in-law via text. One of us posts a riddle, and others respond with possible answers. This is usually followed by groans or applause, critiques and appropriate emojis. It's a silly little thing that keeps us connected. This last item is sort of a one-off and may not apply to everyone . . . Marry off one of your kids and you will have tons of fun at the wedding. We did. :)

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    1. What a tremendous list of ideas for all of us. I really like the off-season Secret Santa Run.

      Disc golf? I tried it a few times but never got the frisbee to fall into the hole. I counted it as a point if I got close enough to rattle the chains!

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  9. As a family we like Diminuendo ( also known as Oh Hell), Skip-Bo, Three up Three Down, and Mexican Train. One of our group has pretty bad Pakinson's so we try to keep things simple, and pair him up with someone.

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  10. We all enjoy playing Cards Against Humanity at family gatherings (my daughter has removed the very dirty cards though) we all have a good laugh especially when the winner of the hand is revealed.

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  11. So interesting about the Michaud Toys. I just played Dice Poker a few weeks ago on one of their game boards. The craftsmanship is something to behold.

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  12. Oh my gosh.....I read, walk, hike, travel some, knit, sew and quilt, watch football/attend my alma mater games (season tx), watch NASCAR/attend a few (bucket list is every track once!), hang with hubster--a lot.....and stay out of debt!!!!!!!! 😀😀😀

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    1. You are a busy lady, and staying out of debt is the most fun of all.

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