At 18, I was ready to buy myself a sport bike.
I had a vision of myself laying rubber in the parking lot and turning heads as I cruised across town.
When I met Jeff Reeb, it didn’t take much to convince me he was “the one” when he pulled up fast on his bike and walked over slow. He’s always had a calm, cool confidence. I remember looking into his blue eyes and thinking, “Well, you can propose whenever you’re ready.”
It worked out for us that we are both adrenaline junkies.
A few summers after we got married, I took a motorcycle driving course.
On the last day, I had a lapse of judgment and decided to try out a pair of heeled boots on my bike.
Even if I say so myself, I looked great in them.
It was all going great, until my heel caught in the kickstand. I almost went down with the motorcycle on top of me.
My instructors (who could have been members of the Hell’s Angels… It was never confirmed…) jumped in to help me, then laughed so hard they cried. Not only was I humiliated, I had to leave and cry my way to the chiropractor for the next 3 years.
My sport bike babe persona died right then and there.
Jeff sold his motorcycle when we became a family of 5 and we officially became “the boring couple” who drives a Chrysler Town and Country.
These days “fun” looks like chasing our 3 kids around the living room.
And, while… Yes, this is fun… It often feels like the carefree couple we once were is a distant memory.
It has made a lot of sense to me as I have gotten surveys back from Real Life Journal users, more than 85% said that they struggle with having FUN in life.
Life’s just too serious.
Lately, I’ve been trying to incorporate more fun into my every day. Granted, I’m not peeling pavement on a sport bike, but here are a few daily tips for those of you reading this who also need a small daily dose of adrenaline-infused fun.
6 Ways to Have More Fun in the Ho-Hum
I had a wise friend once tell me, “Only boring people get bored in life.” I’m beginning to believe she’s right.
Even on the most boring of days… Fun is possible.
One: Go somewhere new.
Shake up the routine. New coffeeshop. Restaurant. Park. Gas station. Anywhere. Just go somewhere you haven’t been before and appreciate the surroundings and the people there.
Two: Drive fast.
Summon your inner teenager, you know the kid who just got a driver’s license. Roll the windows down and hit the accelerator. Stick your head out the window and scream. If you have a sunroof, even better. Or, if you’re fearful of getting a ticket, go to the go-kart track.
Three: Turn the music up and sing loud.
This is especially fun in public places. But, if you’re tone deaf like me, it may not be advised.
Just the other day, my kids and I got stuck in the rain, so I burst out in Singing in the Rain. My son wanted to hide under the car. But, I had fun. Mission accomplished.
If you’re not good, stop caring. Throw your hands up when you hear a beat you like and go for it. And, if you are caucasian like me, you can dance too. No judgement.
Five: Talk to someone new.
Be interested in people. Ask questions. Get out of your life and circumstances and enjoy the adventure that is getting to know someone.
Six: Do something random.
Here are a few of my random favorites for you to borrow from.
Stick out my tongue at the person with road rage.
Pay for the person behind me in the coffee line.
Compliment someone when you think they look nice.
Turn on chill music and recite scripture to myself. Memorize it & meditate.
Sing throughout normal conversation. Grocery clerks especially love this. I challenge you to try it.
Life’s too short not to laugh and be carefree.
Even if everything in your life feels like it’s going wrong right now, take a moment for joy. It couldn’t hurt.
Maybe you’re reading this and thinking, “Charity, I can’t remember the last time I had fun.”
Maybe you need to be intentional to make more space in your life for fun.
The Real Life Journal can help you do this and focus your time on what matters most to you, starting with centering in the Spirit. Check it out.
I like what Psalms 126:2 says, “Our mouths were filled with laugher; our tongues sang for joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
It’s true. God’s done great things for us and that is reason alone to relax a little and give yourself permission to have more fun.