“Everybody have Fun tonight”; “Fun, Fun, Fun”; “Girls just want to have fun”; there are an abundance of songs that tickle our senses of the never ending pursuit of fun. You can probably reply with numerous songs that have the word fun it them. As I listen to songs like these I can’t help but think, what is fun?
As a child everything was fun. No matter where we were and what we were doing our innocent imaginations could take us to a place where we lived life with smiles on our faces. We couldn’t help but be happy. As a child and for the few lucky ones into adolescence, we lived in a place where dreams really do come true.
Then, that fateful day hits. The day when your silliness and fun for life gets looked at by society as being uncool. “Grow up” “get real” the committee called they says. At what age does the teenager turn in their adventure for playing night games for drinking games? When do we stop striving for our own fun adventures of mountains to climb, victories to achieve, and bad guys to slay for comfort of the sofa watching other’s victories in movies, video games, or sports arenas?
Webster defines fun as, “What provides amusement or enjoyment.” So one man’s fun might be another man’s nails on the chalkboard. Even with this definition, I can’t help but think about our need for true fun in our country today. With depression, suicide, and loss of purpose at an all-time high today, now more than ever people are looking for a true sense of fun and adventure.
There is a great void being filled by LIFE and Team founder Orrin Woodward. Several years ago as I was introduced to this leadership development organization and it was the breath of fresh air I was long looking for in my life. An adventurous, fun loving person by nature my life was turning into working for the weekend only to be disappointed by lack of substance it brought me. I was amazed at how much fun I could have with such a great group of creative, curagious people without preparing myself with “liquid courage.” Not since my childhood have I had so much true fun laughing until my sides hurt while running after goals and dreams.
In The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall he writes, “Laughter (fun) is good medicine for the soul. Our world is desperately in need of more medicine.” LIFE will be launched on 11-1-11. Let the medicine (fun) begin.
God Bless, Steve
Let me here about the most fun you’ve had in a positive environment!
I’ll start: One of the best times I had building communities of leaders was when we had blind canoe racing. LIFE founder Dan Hawkins was in the middle of the canoe and was the eyes and voice of the trio. Fellow teammate Corey Clark and I were in the front and back of the canoe and we were both blindfolded. The trick is, the blinded folded guys were the ones with the paddles. At go we raced another trio with the same restrictions. We and people on the shore were in a gut rolling laughter as we were in the cattails. The canoe we were racing had the “sight” leader get so frustrated at her “blind” teammates that she jumped out of the canoe to pull it to victory.
Good times! Let me here yours.