I had lunch with a friend recently. It was a real lunch, one that consisted of chatting while we ate instead of shoveling my food into my mouth with one hand while using the other to respond to work-related e-mails. It seems there’s never enough time in the work day to get all the work done.
Maybe I was being lazy today. Maybe I had checked out of the office a whole lot earlier than I was supposed to, mentally speaking. Maybe I was just still really tired after a restless night’s sleep. Maybe. Or maybe, my brain and my heart are trying to tell me something.
As we ate, I bemoaned the fact that I didn’t want to be at the office today. I wanted to turn off the computer and pack up my bag and go home. I didn’t want to respond to e-mails or write reports or answer calls.
“I want to do fun stuff.” I told my friend. I told her about the play I’d auditioned for the night before and how even though I’m a novice actress, I really want a part. I told her I want to sit at home tucked up in my loft writing novels. I thought about the #365K writing challenge and how I’m looking forward to a weekend of writing.
It got me thinking about a picture I’d posted on Facebook a while back posing with my friend, Minnie. She’d stopped by my office unexpectedly. I was so excited to see her after having been away from her for over a month that I couldn’t stop hugging her. I couldn’t stop smiling at how happy I was to see her. I couldn’t stop my heart from soaring over the joy of seeing a long lost friend.
All those things, the visiting, the plays, the writing, the walking, the novels, all of those things are fun stuff. Eating lunch with my friend without thinking about work was fun too.
I do more fun stuff now than I used to. I used to work ten hour days and then work more from home on the weekends. I didn’t smile much. I haven’t been in a play since my teen years. I used to fret about how little time I had to do fun stuff. Well, not anymore.
Now I get three and a half hours to myself five days a week. I don’t sleep as much as I used to, but the morning hours are bliss. And I get a lot of writing done every day too. Things like #WriteJar and #WritingChallenge and #10MinuteNovelists are all wicked fun ways that I get to spend my time. Who needs sleep, right?
At lunch today as we talked about doing fun stuff, my friend and I smiled together. We talked about other fun things we want to do and made plans to carve out time for more fun stuff. And we toasted. Her diet soda and my glass of water; they weren’t glass bottles or anything, but we clinked them together. A promise to ourselves and to one another to do more fun stuff.
Have you lost sight of the joy in doing fun stuff? How can you carve it into your life? Never forget how to smile and enjoy life, because one day it will end. Shall we toast? To fun stuff. *clink*