How I Accidentally Stopped Having Fun

When I was in high school, if you asked me what I did for fun I could name a few things. I liked reading, writing, going to concerts, and hanging out with some of my friends. If you asked me what I did for fun in college I would say I like getting drunk with my best friends, I like writing, I like meeting new people.

If you asked me now, I think I would struggle a little bit. Because I still love going to concerts and seeing my friends. But I’m not too keen on alcohol anymore. I like going new places and I like writing, but both almost feel like a job to me now. My passion projects have turned into work.

I accidentally forgot to have fun because things have become so different after I’ve spent a few years out of college – I don’t know what to define as fun anymore.

I’ve picked up a few things that I like doing. I like knitting/crocheting and cross-stitching (even though I’m not great at it). I am trying to pick up reading again. And I’m trying to find joy in writing and traveling again.

There’s a lot of pressure when you work 5 days a week to make the most of the time you’re not actually working. I didn’t think it was possible, but there is a pressure to have fun that makes having fun not fun.

So I’ve taken a step back, again, to draw a very very very thick line between work and play. I need to go with the flow and just learn to have fun again.

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20 thoughts on “How I Accidentally Stopped Having Fun

  1. LOL…I loved seeing this, because I literally just posted about how I feel I lost my sense of humor…

    I think life just tends to need us to take care of things and we begin putting our energies into responsibilities. But take it from me, a serial workaholic, you MUST enjoy life.

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  2. I struggle with this a lot. I think the whole working full time is what has gotten in the way so much. When I spend so much time working, the days I have work, I don’t want to do anything. I just want to sit around, watching TV. But then I feel guilty for doing this so I try to force myself to do something. I am trying to find an even balance so I can have work but also enjoy things outside of work.

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  3. Sometimes I have to remind my friends that “hanging out” at bars isn’t really an activity. Spending time with people is great, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not technically a hobby. And since I’m the planner of our group, I try and arrange stuff for us to do. Zip-lines, museums, winery tours, kayaking, hiking, art classes. And then they always say, “oh that was so fun!” It’s not hard to get back into the swing of things but it does take a pinch of planning to break the routine

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