let life be fun.
look at living in this world as an opportunity to play and explore, and to learn and grow in the process.
i have come a long way in this. although i have always been silly and playful in many ways, i also used to put a lot of pressure on myself to be high achieving. i wanted to be super “productive” and i was really afraid of failure. i could go off on a tangent here about how we can’t really define “high achieving” or “productive” or “success,” and why “failure” isn’t really a thing either... but i’ll keep it short(ish - you guys know how it goes with me, haha) and just say that i’ve shifted a lot from this old perspective. now i see the value, and “productivity,” in NOT needing to constantly be doing something measurable. in just being present, in resting, in enjoying the moment.
i’ve also realized that much of that pressure came from fear and mindless conditioning. i felt a need to prove myself or else i wouldn’t be good enough. i had listened to what society’s messages said was valuable. now, i still like to be efficient with my time when i am working on projects, and i still want to create and give to the world and make a difference, but i know that what “success” society tells us to measure isn’t necessarily what i value. i don’t feel pressure to “be someone” in order to be loved and admired.
it’s easier to take risks and go big when you are not feeling pressure to have a certain outcome, and instead look at it as a fun experiment, a game. use your imagination to look at the possibilities of everything this life can be. of everything that YOU can be.
i used to think i wanted to be “on the grind” most of the time. i wanted to create as much as humanly possible. but now, i’m okay if i create a little less in terms of work projects and instead fill that time with friends, family, and indulging in the gifts of this physical world such as nature, reading, art, shows, physical activities and travel adventures… play! play, for the sake of play and nothing else. to simply enjoy this world i get to inhabit for however long this life lasts.
i’m so grateful for friends like @absofruitlymel. thanks for being my playmate