Have you ever asked yourself that question? What do you do for fun?
I have to be honest, I haven’t asked myself that question, purposely and seriously ask myself that, for so long, maybe never. I’ve thought it, you know with things like ‘This is one of my hobbies.’ ‘Yes, I like to crochet.’ ‘I’m trying to learn photography.’ things like that. But not that specific question.
Then last week I was chatting with a new friend on Facebook. A woman I become friends with from an online bible study group I was a part of. We were just chatting back and forth getting to know each other a little better. She was telling me how much she likes to travel, goals her and her husband have and just more about herself. I was telling her a bit about what I’ve been dealing with physically and the major changes we’ve had in our family. In the midst of this conversation (which was going on for a few days as we had time to answer each other) she asked very simply “What do you like to do for fun?” 🙄
Do you know that question actually threw me for a few minutes. Because honestly, I just didn’t have an answer. Which made me realize I don’t do a lot of things for ‘fun’ anymore. All that flashed through my mind was all the projects from my job I need to finish, and that I work on constantly throughout the day. Or the recovery I’m going through and all the family changes in the past couple of months. Then all the work that ‘has’ to be done around here came to mind. And in those few seconds that those things fluttered through my mind when asked what I like to do fun, I realized how much I left fun go from my life. 😥
I will admit, realizing how anemic I was, and that I’ve probably been for the past 9 months to a year, that has slowed me down a lot. I didn’t always notice it, but every time a doctor asked me how tired I was, and I hesitated thinking ‘I haven’t been ‘that’ tired’, Paul would speak up and say, ‘She’s been very tired.’ 😐 And if I’m honest with myself I have been, and maybe that’s why the fun has disappeared, because at the end, I had no energy for much of anything. I hope that is the reason, I hope I didn’t allow myself get so wrapped up in my ‘have to’s’ that I forgot how to just have some fun in life.
So with that simple question, that a new friend asked me, I’m on a new journey, to make sure I put the ‘fun’ back in my life. 😀 I’m going to start with my hobbies of course, getting out more for photos, finding new crochet projects to try and maybe even learning a new craft. But more than that I want to start some new things, especially with Paul. We want to start hiking more, so I want to get myself some good hiking shoes, back pack and walking stick and get outside. We have beautiful mountains and trails all around us, and I want to start using them. We’ve also talked about getting new bikes and biking around town more. I’m not one that wants to do bike races or things like that, but I would enjoy biking places instead of driving. Actually we live in a great area to do that. And of course blog more. 😉 I also have some other things in my mind that I want to start doing, just for fun.
Yes, I do have a job and I have a family and a house to take care of, so there will always be the ‘have to’s’ on my list. But I am blessed to work from home with my own schedule, lots of things I can do early morning and late evening to have the whole day for other things. Plus Paul works retail, which means he works most weekends, and his days off are during the week. We are actually starting to like that more and more. Everything is less crowded during the week, hiking trails, biking, stores etc… It makes going places a lot more fun. Plus, Paul and I are learning to do more and more together as we are getting closer to our empty nest years. And for that I’m thoroughly blessed.
So what about you? Do you constantly do you work and ‘have to’s’ more than anything else? Do you put things aside and do fun things? What do you like to do for fun?