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  1. Mike

    I have a hard time with the idea of fun. I know when I’ve had fun, but I still am not good at creating fun or seeking it out. It often happens to me out of the goodness of others. I’m a victim of the Protestant work ethic, sort of of like H.L. Mencken’s definition of Puritanism: “The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”

    3 years ago
  2. Aida

    I love to read and research the things and/or words that I don’t understand.

    3 years ago
  3. Malag

    I like to try new things out just for the heck of it and it can often be entertaining. There’s a “but” in this question for me though. I mostly look for a purpose in what I do (or a “zoning out” – think streaming tv). “Fun” for no other purpose but “fun” is something I could explore more.

    3 years ago
  4. Elaine

    oh my gosh. No problem having fun daily! Today for example – a walkabout downtown to see the beautiful Les Fleurs de Ville installations, refreshment on a sunny patio, a teeny “voyage” across the Creek, a bike ride at the seaside before supper, funny wordplay sprinkled throughout. Awash in gratitude; it could be otherwise.

    3 years ago
  5. Javier Visionquest

    This is the best question I’ve ever read here!

    3 years ago
    1. Javier Visionquest

      Maintain a vibe that attracts it
      Stay curious to realize it
      Be present to enjoy it
      Try not to manage it too much when I luck out and find it
      Have the right fam around to share it
      Keep healthy to recover from it

      3 years ago
  6. M
    Maresa

    Hi beautiful people!! Many activities for fun! Fun equals surrounding myself with like minded people !!! Dancing!!! Camping!!! Exercising!!!

    3 years ago
  7. Dusty Su

    When I free myself up from needing to have fun, and mostly I don’t need to have fun, then I have fun. I find fun in the simplest things, it’s there always and based a lot on attitude and the eyes to recognize it. Reading a book can provide fun as much as a fantastic adventure.

    Of course, exercise, walks in nature, therapeutic laughter sessions in a group—lead such groups regularly, and just about anything constructive that produces feel-good hormones such as endorphins, oxytocin, serotonin, while reducing cortisol are great drugs of choice. Our bodies are great pharmacies. If activated well they can contribute toward healthier mindsets and wellbeing habits that make life more “fun”…

    I am with sb who commented earlier that calm contentment is a goal. At this point in my life, that seems an excellent state of being.

    3 years ago
    1. Anna

      I love “our bodies are great pharmacies”, Dusty Su.

      3 years ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Yes, and we very often miss this incredible offering we are given.

        3 years ago
  8. Anna

    I just started playing tennis, because it was one of the few sports we were able to practice during the lockdown. I enjoy it so much …
    And to be honest, I join Chester in my strange love of driving, to discover the roads and their alternatives, waiting patiently when the traffic is unbearable … this is life!

    3 years ago
  9. d
    dcdeb

    Hiking, i love to hike, and play video games.

    3 years ago
  10. s
    sb

    I’m not sure I’m a real “fun” person and often wonder whether I should be. But I love my nature walks, listening to music, crosswords (especially with my 90 year old mum who is still as clever as ever), reading, reading, reading, hot bubbly baths…
    All of these things bring me calm and contentment rather than fun, but maybe that is my fun? A good question.

    3 years ago
    1. Dusty Su

      Contentment is a great thing! And calm contentment sounds blissful. I am with you on this one.

      3 years ago
  11. Don Jones

    I j’adore the arts in particular live music, art, concerts. My dog thinks I am a couple of sandwiches short of a cut lunch when I play my music loud, but hey, what’s normal?

    3 years ago
  12. GBoomer

    I play pickleball

    3 years ago
  13. Chester

    Practice gratefulness! And any number of activities that pull me into the moment, based on time/opportunity – physically engaging activities such as running, tennis, kayaking, skiing; watching the trees; reminisce; driving; sitting and breathing … just some of the present-centering activities that I enjoy.

    3 years ago
  14. Linda

    I meet my friends for a drink, a walk or whatever we feel like doing. It is so nice to be back in their company!

    3 years ago
  15. B
    BasicMarsh

    Go to baseball games – it doesn’t matter who is playing – I just like the pageantry of it…the rituals…the sound of the bat hitting the ball…the crowd roar….a hot dog…watching the umpire “pull the chain” on third strike call…the manager handing the ball to a relief pitcher…I could go on and on. When I’m there I don’t think about the world “out there” waiting for me when the game is over.

    3 years ago
    1. Javier Visionquest

      My wife’s at a Nats game as I type this with her friends. Not my idea of fun, LOL

      3 years ago
  16. pkr

    Good question. For the last year I have not had much “fun” in my life. Got an emergency phone call from family, packed 1 suitcase & have been here, (from the west coast to the Midwest) ever since. I have been the sole caregiver for my 96 yr. old mother & my dear brother who suffered from a terminal illness. Fast forward, (not the best choice of words), my mother now lives in a nursing home & my dear brother Kerry has gone to heaven. So much drama, trauma, sadness, pain, shock, hellish days, busyness, that I literally have had no time to process much. Now I am dealing with my brother’s estate, dismantling my mother’s apt., all while I have not been home in over a year & have not seen my husband either. And my cat went to the Rainbow Bridge, too.
    Today’s word for the day by Haruki Murakami, resonates so loudly with me, as I am in the storm of a lifetime. I am truly a changed person because of all I have gone thru & continue to go thru. I am not so sure I will survive all of this, but I have made it this far & there is no turning back now.
    In the meantime, the only “fun” I have is walking, hugging trees, chatting with the birds, smelling the flowers, watching the bees & watching old reruns of Johnny Carson! Perhaps on the other side of this storm I can focus on “fun”.
    Thank you for letting me share. 🙏 ❤️

    3 years ago
    1. Pilgrim

      Dear pkr, sending baskets of prayers, light and love your way in this time of deep loss. May Mother Nature (and Johnny Carson) continue to bring you solace and peace as you make your way through these struggles.

      3 years ago
      1. pkr

        Thank you Pilgrim for your kindness & prayers. Blessings to you.❤️

        3 years ago
    2. L
      Linda

      Hi PKR, My heart goes out to you. Last January my husband and I moved from Colorado to California to take care of my 90 year-old-mother-in-law. We sold our home and have been living in the studio “in-law” apartment every since. My mother-in-law passed on June 5th after 17 months. What you’re doing alone is beyond my imagination. Sending an open heart with love and grace for you. The question for today is causing me to pause; time for my reflection on possibilities.

      3 years ago
      1. pkr

        Thank you Linda. ❤️

        3 years ago
  17. Nelson

    Now that places are reopening, I’m really enjoying hanging out with my friends again, and most importantly – hugging them. Last night, 4 of us grabbed dinner. It felt so good to be laughing again, sharing food, toasting our glasses. The energy just isn’t the same over Zoom or FaceTime.

    3 years ago
  18. O.Christina

    I enjoy cooking together with friends, 🍳🍴which we try to do regularly; sometimes when it is a mild warm evening like these days, we may sit outside in front of a fireplace, 🔥having dinner together, playing some cards, making music; singing sometimes under the shower or elsewhere just for fun 🎸🎶🚿or yes, dancing💃

    3 years ago
  19. Toni

    Not much lately. The pandemic took its tole as did depression for many years. I have found it difficult to get a momentum going in doing anything. Therapy ended and had little effect anyway. It was a long time overdue to end. I take pictures and funny videos of my kitten and send it to relatives and watch tv. I have lost interest in many things and hope that my life will open up again. I’m here to work on gratitude to counteract whatever is preventing me from making the best of life. It’s not easy to write this. I’m not here to pretend.

    3 years ago
    1. Y
      Yram

      Thank you for being honest and humble. This takes courage and inner strength.

      3 years ago
  20. Roy Howard

    I am an Enneagram 7. Fun is an essential part of being human, as is adventure, searching, creating. Birdwatching often captures all of this and more. Being at a baseball game is sublime and fun, as is walking in the woods.

    3 years ago
  21. Mike S

    If I think of fun as diversion then I would say I watch TV that is entertaining. Go to movies occasionally, we eat out at some favorite restaurants, and I engage in some sports activities that are fun.

    3 years ago
  22. Leslie DeSessa

    Paint, try new recipes, bee keeping, spending time with my husband, family visits, friends.

    3 years ago
  23. Carla

    I enjoy summer garage sales of elders caught in downsizing to move. It’s bittersweet to hear stories of a prized Turkey platter or fruit bowls now headed elsewhere to bring joy to new owners. I also enjoy flower gardening & watching star lit nights. The latter is harder for this city dweller.

    3 years ago
  24. T
    Trevor Bruce Longhorn93222

    If I answered I might have to not right now.

    3 years ago
  25. DeVonna

    I struggle with this. There is much about my life that I enjoy, but I’m not sure what “fun” means. I enjoy going to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings, I enjoy trips to the beach, I enjoy writing, working with my flowers, knitting, taking my morning walk…I love video chatting with my children and grandchildren…

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      Those sound fun, DeVonna

      3 years ago
  26. RATASHIQ

    DAILY QUESTION, JUNE 15
    What do you do for fun? I love reading, watching comedy and surfing the net for random crap.

    3 years ago
  27. Holly in Ohio

    My life is not without gratitude and some pleasure, but I have become aware that something is out of balance and I have been trying to figure it out.
    I like today’s question because it reminds me to take an active role in having fun. What do I “do” to have fun? Suddenly I realize that I have been passive. I used to “do” things for fun. Some were curtailed by pandemic, but some I just quit doing, like my crafts.

    I’m off to the garden now, and then I have some work planned for the afternoon, but can I work into it a little fun?

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      I had fun quilting today – piecing, I should say. Sometimes I have fun quilting. Sometimes I don’t. So it felt great to have fun quilting today. Warm wishes to you, Holly in Ohio.

      3 years ago
  28. Cathie

    Fun – too many things bring me enjoyment: playing Pickleball, engaging in conversation with friends, swimming and body surfing, playing with my pup, playing card or board games with family and friends…
    For alone fun – walk in nature, read, do a craft project, learn a new song on our piano(tinkering on The piano really)
    Life is full of fun when I choose to take the time to experience it.

    3 years ago
  29. Trish

    I love to tent camp & we are going on a short trip tomorrow! There’s nothing like spending time hiking & foraging in the woods all day, coming back to build a fire, read a book by the crackling fire & sleep under the stars. Can’t wait!!

    3 years ago
    1. Y
      Yram

      Be safe and enjoy!

      3 years ago
  30. devy

    I was fortunate that my wife bought me a new performance bike for my birthday a few weeks ago. Since my heart procedure a year ago, I’ve been able to get back being active. I now enjoy cycling 30 to 40 km a day, taking in the scenery and what is going on around me. We are so blessed with a great network of bike paths which join the two cities of Ottawa and Gatineau where I live!

    3 years ago
  31. sunnypatti48317

    Gardening + yard work. Surf. Yoga. Play with our dog and cat. Go for walks. Read. Exercise. Stare at the sky. Listen to music… and dance!

    3 years ago
  32. T
    Mr. Jewels Jasper aka Loose Cabooze

    I wish I could do more so it hurts thinking about it.

    3 years ago
    1. T
      Mr. Jewels Jasper aka Loose Cabooze

      Not a good response but it’s my truest one.

      That isn’t really motivating to read probably.

      Changing it isn’t what I want to do though I am not a paid motivator lol.

      Anyways I probably do more for fun than the vagrant wastrel madman who said God Bless to me the other night very late as I purchased something that wasn’t really fun in a convenience store but somehow was slightly enuff for me to step in yet again.

      If I keep looking for fun in a bottle I might end up worse than that guy who wanders the streets around here not sure he is homeless very possibly.

      Now I can see the offensive hilarity of my dilemma more clearly. Seriously stupid. Seriously harmful. But ludicrous.

      3 years ago
  33. T
    Toirdelbach30913

    Not anything worth noting right now because my life is a waking tragedy and has robbed me of blessings allowing me to have fun today.

    3 years ago
    1. T
      Mr. Jewels Jasper aka Loose Cabooze

      Life is often tragic or comic. Sometimes both. Carry on.

      3 years ago
      1. T
        Trevor Bruce Longhorn93222

        Hopefully with effort we can make it more balanced? Equilibrium and safety?

        3 years ago
  34. G
    Gregoire

    For idle time I enjoy reading, watching Classic Movies or just sitting quietly with a cup of coffee or tea.. if I want to go out and have fun I’ll take a hike in the woods behind my house are jumping the kayak on our little Lake empty some bird watching.

    3 years ago
  35. EJP

    Fun is spending time with my grandchildren!!

    3 years ago
  36. Christine

    I enjoy making bike tours.

    3 years ago
  37. Michele

    I enjoy nature walks.
    Kevin and Howie, today is National Nature Photography Day – I thought of you both:)

    3 years ago
  38. Antoinette

    I enjoy outdoor activities like walking ,l and hiking . I love to swim and workout in the gym too. I enjoy being with friends and family. I hope I get to see my mom and sister soon if their allowed to get into the country.

    3 years ago
  39. Kevin

    As often as possible, I consider the following activities enjoyable and fun:
    Photography
    Rowing
    Teaching rowing
    Sitting and walking on the beach
    Playing and keeping up with our seven grandchildren…which is deliciously impossible!

    3 years ago
  40. Howie Geib

    I love to get outdoors. Walking or hiking…rowing of course, and as I have said, I have just taken up photography. I am an avid solitaire player.

    3 years ago

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