Friday, March 30, 2007
Over at Cam's Commentary, Cam's post today concerned fun. She mentions an old man who used to ask her what she had done for fun recently. Her thoughtful post made me think how I settle into a routine with the things I enjoy. Sewing, gardening, and reading are genuine pleasures, but are they fun? Yes and no, I suppose. Mostly I think I use them for solace when life is too stressful. After thinking about Cam's post, it seemed that, for me at least, fun and enjoyment have some differences.
Sewing becomes fun when something unusual and out of the ordinary occurs. When something unexpected happens. While sewing is almost always a pleasure, the fun occurs when a vague idea materializes, or when a mistake turns into a new path to pursue, or when the quilting transforms an OK piece into something I love.
This break from the routine is what I associate with fun, as opposed to enjoyment. Attitude is also important because I know people who create fun in the most mundane or even awkward circumstances. They look at things with a slightly wry or off-beat way, and thereby transform a dull situation into one that is amusing or delightful.
So today, I will be thinking beyond mere enjoyment, beyond events that create stress, and will be trying to observe and participate in a way that moves the moment from what it is to something more.
I will try to remember to ask myself what I've done for fun lately. If I can't come up with a situation that fits, I'll try to think of one. Making plans for a trip to a nursery, a quilt shop, or a museum; a day trip somewhere; getting tickets to events, but adding the ATTITUDE.
Attending Delirium was a joy, but those opportunities are rare. I want to be aware on a much smaller scale of how to turn the mundane into diversion, to take a bit more gusto from the everyday, to approach life with relish. I want to add new things when necessary, but approach the routine things with a new look. Hard work can be fun, being creative is fun...I just want to be aware and appreciative.
My pleasures are small ones, but I can add spice if I try. What do you do for fun? How does your idea of fun differ? The differences are less important than the awareness.