Bounce!

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“Fun is good.” ~ Dr. Seuss

Memorial Day, 2008

It was a cool, yet sunny, spring weekend.  Late May.  We packed our sleeping bags.  S’mores  were secured.  Wood for the evening campfires packed.  Swimsuit – check!

We were on our way – a weekend away, with friends.  Off to a spot where our cell phones didn’t work.  Into small town America.  And then, beyond…

Surrounded by corn fields and cows.

Ahhh…

It was a nice campground, out there away from everything.  Snack bar.  River.  Pool.  Basketball court.  Big bouncy pillow.

Big bouncy pillow?

What is this thing that seems as big as a football field?  And drawing all the kids to it, like a magnet finding spilled nails..

Day 1 and day 2, relaxing days.  Kids wandering off (presumably to the big bouncy pillow).  Adults hanging out.  Yet, by the third day – what was the draw of this big ‘thing’ that had all the kids wanting more, all the laughing, all the screaming?

Big bouncy pillow!

Why do the children get to have all the fun?

And with that…we joined in!  A couple of adults amongst hundreds of kids (well, not hundreds…lots, though!).  And it WAS fun!  And ALL the kids loved it!  Loved us out there, with them.  Kids we didn’t even know – drawn to us.  And we jumped.  And we bounced.  And we fell (without completely squashing some of the smaller variety out there).  And we had FUN!  Big, crazy, kid-type fun!  Carefree fun!

Sure, we were tired when we finished.  We needed water (and oxygen! – almost!).  Our legs ached the next day.  Was it worth all this?

YES!

“I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I’ve written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part.” ~ Shirley MacLaine

As we get older, as we leave the days of our childhood, and move toward the days of adulthood – we sometimes leave also the carefree fun that being a child means.  It doesn’t have to be that way.  Just because we’re no longer a child, doesn’t mean fun has to leave our vocabulary.

Go out.  Have some fun!  Be goofy!  Act silly!  Do something that makes others smile or chuckle!  Be a little weird!  Act a little strange! Get out of your comfort zone of typical adulthood!

Looking for ideas?  Check out the Escape Adulthood blog, where Kim and Jason make being more child-like a top priority!  It’s the cure for adultitis!

Have some fun today.  YOU deserve it!

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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MizFit December 17, 2008 at 7:35 am

I do this daily. I may LOOK my age in the face but shall never act it with my bod 🙂

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Jenny Mannion December 17, 2008 at 8:13 am

Hey Lance,
Having kids definitely makes this easier to be aware of! I love getting silly with my kids and will DEFINITELY check out the Escape Adulthood Blog – thanks for the recommendation! Wow — that big bouncy pillow looks like fun! We have an in-ground trampoline that the previous owners put in that is similar and WHAT a workout – but to be able to have tons of people on at a time looks GREAT! 🙂 Thanks Lance for the reminder — in an often “serious” world it is NECESSARY to just have fun and be silly again and reclaim that childhood giddiness! Love, Jenny

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Natalia Burleson December 17, 2008 at 8:19 am

Hey Lance! Great post! Great advice. 🙂 I love being silly. It’s who I am!

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Laurie December 17, 2008 at 8:23 am

I wanna play on that pillow! It looks like a wild time! I am all about fun and being crazy (probably why my last job with the stiff necked people didn’t work out). I feel more authentic when I am cutting loose and feeling free to have fun. I think we all need to do more fun stuff like this just to feed our souls. We let life get to serious ( I know I do) and it spoils the adventure available to us.

I pledge to cut loose today and do something just for the fun of it. I hope others will to. It would also be fun if everyone reported back as to what they did just for the fun of it and how it impacted their day! I will. Lance will you do something crazy fun today and report back? It doesn’t have to be a biggie, just fun!
It’s a good day. It’s a big bouncy pillow day!

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Jamie | WiredParentPad December 17, 2008 at 8:33 am

Having children definitely has a way of keeping us younger (and making us older).

We’re caring for 10 month old nephew right now and he’s a complete joy – I find myself crawling around on the floor with him, chasing each other from room to room. Is it a bit silly for a 35 year old man to be crawling around the house? Sure, but it’s simple fun with a baby.

Great topic, Lance!

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rummuser December 17, 2008 at 8:50 am

My wife and I are right now the stuffing in a sandwich. My 91 year old father on one side, and our 37 year old son on the other, three volatile generations under one roof! All three are childish beyond imagination. You are welcome to hop in and have some hilarious time!

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LifeMadeGreat | Juliet December 17, 2008 at 9:03 am

Hi Lance

Cheers to having fun! And cheers to getting involved in kiddies activities!

The first time I got myself out of adulthood (whilst in adulthood) was when I started belly-dancing. Veils and tamborines…too glorious. Smiles and giggles all round.

I’m gonna check out that website!

Juliet

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Sagan December 17, 2008 at 10:23 am

Why should kids have all the fun, right? 🙂

Being silly means we’re living!

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Caroline December 17, 2008 at 10:52 am

I totally smiled when watching that video! How fun(and cool!). I agree that adults don’t let thier “inner child” play enough. I know I need to laugh more. I am finding more ways to laugh, which is good! Now, where can I get one of those bouncy pillow things???

Caroline´s last blog post..Is it time to let go?

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Julie December 17, 2008 at 12:26 pm

Was that guy in the middle you? 😉 You know what really struck me about the video was the SOUND. The squeals and shrieks—such a beautiful thing! You know, at my youngest niece’s birthday party a couple years ago, I was the only adult who went into the backyard version of one of these bouncy pillows. It’s a WORKOUT! …and exhilarating! Try as I could, I wasn’t able to talk another adult into it. Why is that? I suppose we’re too afraid to have anyone see us act any way other than we’re “supposed to”? Or, we’re afraid of getting hurt? Life’s just way too short for that thinking; we miss out on so much! Lance, thanks for pointing this out!

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Stacey / Create a Balance December 17, 2008 at 12:41 pm

I really needed this post today. Someone recently told me that my life looked like 95% responsibility and 5% fun. I’ve been in shock ever since. I have been wanting to blog about it…but it’s still too raw. Can it be true? No! Please tell me I do not have a horrible case of adultitis (my new favorite word).

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Marelisa December 17, 2008 at 1:54 pm

Hi Lance: That bouncy pillow thingy looks like so much fun 🙂 When I go to the playground with my two little nephews I get on everything with them, and they love it, as do I. My brother-in-law (their father) looks at me and says: “tía Mare está ponchi”, which basically means that he thinks I’m nuts. But I don’t care, life’s too short not to have fun just because you’ve reached adulthood.

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Liara Covert December 17, 2008 at 1:58 pm

I love how you remind people how easy it is to have fun, regardless of age. People are often conditioned to grow up and get so serious. Corn fields and cows sound marvelous. Great to hear how memorable your experience was with those friends. You inspire others to reconnect with their inner child, wherever it takes them.

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Karl - Work Happy Now December 17, 2008 at 2:18 pm

That bouncing pillow looks like a lot of fun. I find it funny when adults think that laughing and screaming is just for kids. Adults can join in on the fun too. I’m glad you did just that.

As for the sore legs. That’s just good exercise.

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chris December 17, 2008 at 2:48 pm

You being silly and playful with your children will add miles to your relationship later on. It’s also great for your health!

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Davina December 17, 2008 at 3:13 pm

Hi Lance. I’m a HUGE fan of Shirley MacLaine! Thanks for quoting her. Be silly. Practice nonsense I always say. Thanks for the reminder here because it’s easy to forget and get all serious.

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Mindful Mimi December 17, 2008 at 3:22 pm

Ha, is that you in the middle jumping up and down with uncoordinated limbs 🙂
I agree with Jenny, having kids helps to have fun. You get to become one yourself sometimes. We don’t do it often enough though. Kids have this wonderful imagination and natural way to have fun that gets educated out of them at some stage. Too bad.
Sometimes I turn on any music and just start jumping and dancing around. My son looks at me, laughs and just joins in. An adult would look at me funny, laugh at me not with me and probably sit uncomfortably on the couch trying not to watch.
One should at least laugh until your belly hurts once a day.
Have a great day.
Mimi

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Ian Peatey December 17, 2008 at 3:42 pm

I’m thinking of starting a campaign to get one of these bouncy things in every neighbourhood of the world. Think how much more relaxed and less uptight the world would be if everyone jumped on these at least every day! It’s a shame that this childlike quality in all of us gets pushed away in many of us (myself included). I often find myself playing with my kids, welcoming the ‘excuse’ to do so .. but why do I need an excuse??? Thanks for brightening my day with this reminder that there’s a place in all of us free from inhibition! Ian

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Scott December 17, 2008 at 5:27 pm

Lance, are you saying, to take some of our busy time, time we could be doing something productive, or worry about nothing, and user THAT time to have FUN? Your not normal, man. 🙂

I’m only kidding, obviously, but in reality maybe that is part of us adults problem. I want to have FUN. I would LOVE to have fun, and I do…sometimes. Most likely not often enough. Why? Because I just feel bad “wasting” that much time and energy. Society I think tells us, trains us, brainwashes us into this mode of productivity and the saying “All work and no play makes insert name here a dull person” goes out the window.

I think what you have done here is wonderful! To see so many others having fun or having the desire to have fun helps us all (me anyway) feel a little bit more at ease with the idea of having fun, I think.

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Amanda Linehan December 17, 2008 at 7:37 pm

Wow! That looks like fun. Good for you not to leave all the fun to the kids. Fun is a necessity in our lives, but sometimes we forget that!

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Lance December 17, 2008 at 8:13 pm

@MizFit – Awesome Miz! Keep on being a kid at heart – life’s more fun that way!!

@Jenny Mannion – Having kids, I think puts us in more “opportunities” to be kid-like. Yet, anyone can do it, there’s certainly no prerequisite that you have kids. I’m not even sure of what the “real” name for this thing was – big bouncy pillow seemed to fit! And, it was a lot of fun with everyone on there (as long as I didn’t fall and take out a kid in the process!!). Definitely check out the “Escape Adulthood” blog – very cool stuff they’re doing!

@Natalia – Thanks Natalia! And, keep on being silly – it makes life so much more fun, doesn’t it!

@Laurie – That “pillow” was so much fun, Laurie! It brought out the kid in everyone who went on it. Sadly, it was almost completely kids on there – I’m not sure if we saw any other adults besides us. Maybe one or two, at the most. I, too, let life get serious, and forget sometimes to just goof off – I need to do that more too! And, I’m looking forward to what you did to have some extra fun today! Me…well, I have been in a training session all day, and am just getting home – no crazy fun today! So, I pledge to do something tomorrow!

@Jamie | WiredParentPad – True – having kids can keep us younger, as it sometimes doesn’t seem as “foolish” if we’re doing someting silly while there are kids around. And yet, why not goof off and be silly once in a while – no matter who is around! I say go for it! Have fun with your nephew – babies really have a way of making us be silly (and being fully ok with being silly!). So, continue to crawl around, and make baby sounds Jamie!

@Rummuser – Three generations of silliness – very cool Ramana! And it goes to show you that age doesn’t have to limit you from having fun – even at 91 years old!!

@LifeMadeGreat | Juliet – It was a lot of fun to jump in there and just start bouncing around! Belly-dancing, Juliet — very cool! We need to get you, Stacey Shipman, and Maya together – all three of you do this, I’m pretty sure. Isn’t that cool – I’ve never known anyone who belly-dances up until a couple of weeks ago, and now I know three of you!! Awesome! And, definitely check out Kim and Jason – they are doing some pretty cool stuff!

@Sagan – That’s right Sagan – kids aren’t the only ones who can have fun! Let’s all be a little more goofy!

@Caroline – Thank you, Caroline! I think I laughed the whole time I was on that pillow! We thought we should get one of these, too – all sorts of fun could be had! And it really was huge (although not quite as big as a football field!). Here’s to laughing, giggling, and just plain having lots of fun!

@Julie – I’m the guy in the yellow shirt! The other guy is the friend we were there with. My wife made it out there too – although not for the video – she was the cameraman! I listened again, and this time really paid attention to the sounds – and it really is a beautiful sound – the sound of real joy! Good for you, Julie, getting out in the backyard and being one of the kids! I think you’ve hit it exactly right – adults may want to do this, but fear looking not as they’re “supposed” to. Keep on having fun Julie! Enjoy all the moments of your life!!

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Lance December 17, 2008 at 8:14 pm

@Stacey/Create A Balance – I think we all get in a modes sometimes, that really pull us away from focusing on “fun” in our lives. I’ve been there. A case of adultitis (I love that word too!)… And what’s the cure? Doing. Doing something fun and goofy!! I’m sure hearing what someone said to you – it can sting. And yet, remember – that’s one person’s view. So, while they see that, it doesn’t mean it’s reality. And, even if it is, you know that you can change that (sometimes we just need to hear it from someone else to realize what mode we’ve slipped into). Stacey, thank you for your real honesty here today. This helps me, and I’m sure others – in where they’re at with this whole concept of “fun” in their lives also. Know that.

@Marelisa – That big ol’ pillow was a blast — I can’t believe more adults weren’t on there (it was just us, I believe, and about 50 kids). That’s very cool (and not nuts at all – I say!!)! So, keep on being “tía Mare está ponchi” (a little nuts!) and having fun! And enjoy all the moments you get to experience with your nephews…

@Liara – Age doesn’t matter, fun can be had anytime! I’m all for bringing out our inner child, and really just having fun! Thank you, Liara!

@Karl – That bouncing pillow was so much fun! And, I’d never saw anything like it before – very cool! I’m glad we joined in, too! Let’s all get out and laugh and scream a little more. The sore legs, yep, good exercise (or, at least proof that I need to workout more!!)…

@Chris – The kids were having so much fun with us on there, great point Chris. If we would get off, one of them would be over, begging us to get back on there (I think it was our extra weight that would help to catapult them higher!). And, it wasn’t only our own kids – other kids, too, would come up to us, wanting us to jump by them! So, yes, it was great for our relationships with our kids, excellent point. And a good workout too…

@Davina – Glad you liked the quote – Shirley’s quote just seemed to really fit so well! Nonsense — I like that word Davina! Yes, practice nonsense!

@Mindful Mimi – I do tend to be a bit uncoordinated (just ask my wife!). I’m the one in the yellow shirt. The other gentleman was our friend we were there with. So, it’s one of us (or both) who were the uncoordinated ones in the bunch!! Having kids, does lend to being more kid-like. And yet, we shouldn’t let not having kids around deter us from letting adultitis sneak in. Good for you, Mimi – for instilling “fun” into your son’s life! Sad, but true – too often other adults would be uncomfortable in this setting… Thanks, Mimi, for sharing this experience!

@Ian – Hey, if you get this campaign going, make sure my neighborhood is included! That would be so much fun! Five minutes on there after a difficult day, and our worries and concerns would be gone! Think how good that would be for the soul! I push these child-like qualities to the side too – way too often. So, putting this up is also a real reminder for me – to be goofy and have fun. No excuse needed – play away!

@Scott – I think I’ve heard that before — that I’m not normal!! And…I’m taking it as a compliment! Wasting time – great point Scott. We DO sometimes think that goofing off is wasting time, yet, is it? I say NO! This big pillow was a blast – and it did remind me, too, that fun, is, well…fun! And that’s good for us, in so many different way! Here’s to making “fun” a bigger part of our daily lives!

@Amanda – This was a blast Amanda! And that’s right – the kids don’t get to have all the fun! I do forget, sometimes, how much fun…fun can be. This was a real reminder on how good it feels to just be carefree and act like a kid!

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Jamie Simmerman December 17, 2008 at 8:22 pm

OK, I’m dragging out my big bouncy pillow this weekend. I could use some giggle-till-you-pee-your-pants time. 🙂 Thanks Lance!

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Evita December 17, 2008 at 8:58 pm

That DID look like so much fun!

Oh Lance you are so right about the growing up and leaving the childhood fun behind and it is such shame that we do this, as there are no rules or laws telling us we have to do this. So many of us just seem to get so caught up with life that we forget what it means to really have fun, to really LIVE!

Great reminder for all to get back to those roots of innocence and just be free to have some fun!

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Carla December 17, 2008 at 10:50 pm

I love this reminder! Friday night, I had a firm holiday party on the 52nd floor of one of the buildings in the San Francisco Financial District with a breathtaking view. After dinner, the dance floor opened up and the DJ started taking requests and I think I danced until they had to kick me out! Its been so long since I’ve done something like that. I felt so….free.

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Vered - MomGrind December 17, 2008 at 11:42 pm

I agree! I think one of the best things about having kids is that they often inspire me to be a little more child-like myself.

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Robin December 18, 2008 at 12:30 am

Adultitis! I like that one, Lance! Funnily, I’ve learned to be sillier, in a physical way, as I’ve got older – I was not a very physical kid (I probably would have been scared of the bouncy pillow).

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Linda Abbit December 18, 2008 at 1:27 am

That looks like so much fun, Lance!

One of my favorite original sayings to friends is that “The kids are getting older, but we’re getting younger!” And we remember to behave that way.

We love to laugh and have fun in our family — even under the worst of circumstances.

An excellent reminder to everyone!

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Daphne December 18, 2008 at 1:28 am

Like Robin, I like the term ‘adultitis’. According to Mencius, “Great is the man who has not lost his childlike heart.” That makes you great, Lance! 😉

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Lance December 18, 2008 at 5:17 am

@Jamie Simmerman – I’m coming over Jamie – we’ll bounce until our legs turn to jello!

@Evita – Getting caught up in life — that’s it — and we just let “fun” fall by the wayside. “Innocence”, I like that word here Evit – it does connote being child-like, just for the sake of having fun – without any ulterior motives. And what better way to really live!

@Carla – very awesome Carla! Sounds like you had a grand time! I’m guessing it really was good for your soul – and what a way to celebrate the holiday season. Thanks, Carla, for sharing your story!

@Vered – Kids do have a way of helping us be more child-like. And yet, kids aren’t a requirement for us to act like a kid… although I feel more comfortable doing these things with my kids around. I think that’s a perception problem. We perceive that with kids, it’s okay to act like a kid. I think we need to get over that perception, and know that it’s very okay for anyone to be more child-like, and just to have fun!

@Robin – Isn’t that a great word, adultitis! And very cool, Robin, that you’ve become more open to being “silly” as you’ve gotten older – that’s awesome! And, I think you’d have a blast on one of these big bouncy pillows!!

@Linda – It was a riot, Linda! We had so much fun! I love your saying, too. That is so awesome that you keep getting “younger”! Someday, we’re going to meet, AND it’s going to be FUN!!

@Daphne – Cool word, isn’t it – adultitis!! And, I love the quote you’ve shared, it fits perfectly with this story! Thank you, Daphne!!

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Annette December 18, 2008 at 6:40 am

this reminds me of me when I get a little goofy! I dance around the living room……….sometimes the kiddos say…Mommy, shake your booty!!! It’s so fun to just let go 🙂

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Liz Rosenbaum December 18, 2008 at 9:24 am

Lance – Have you and my husband been chatting? LOL! I am the QUEEN of “life’s too busy to play… I have things to do on my “to-do” list… I’ve got to get them done RIGHT now! I’ll play later!” Oh man, I really needed to hear this! Thank you once again for your bright and wonderful wisdom! 🙂

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Kelly@SHE-POWER December 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm

Hmm, not sure I have any problem being silly and child-like, except maybe when I occasionally get too caught up in daily family responsibilities. Mostly though I would have been one of the first adults on that bouncy thing. I like adventure and new experiences and I like to get silly and sometimes even a little irresponsible *gasp*. I don’t know if I have a child within as much as a teenager within, but I hope I always feel this youthful. I don’t think aging in years means you have to get old and slow in your mind and your heart. I do believe in that sense you can stay young forever, especially if you are able to laugh at yourself and not take life so seriously. Most things are transitory, even if they seem hugely important right now, chances are they’re just a blip on the radar of your life, so why not make time for some fun and games.

Loved this post, Lance and will check out the Escape Adulthood Blog.

If I don’t catch you again before the 25th, Merry Christmas!!!!!!!

Kelly x

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meleah rebeccah December 18, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Great Advice. I could certainly use some FUN right about now!!

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brandi December 18, 2008 at 5:38 pm

omg so fun!!! thank you for sharing the video and message-in times like this when the media is hell bent on telling us the bad news, it is a wonderful reminder.

many blessings~

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Barbara Swafford - Blogging Without A Blog December 18, 2008 at 6:53 pm

Hi Lance – The pillow looks like a blast. As I was reading this, I thought, here they were, truly on vacation – no cell phones, no tie to the internet. Just relaxing, bonding and joining the kids in fun. Sounds fabulous!

Having days that are filled to the brim, this has been a great reminder to take a breather and kick up my heels….

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Jannie December 18, 2008 at 8:21 pm

Hey, how did Shirley McClaine beat me to such a great line as that?!

When I first saw the big bouncy pillow clip I thought it was going to explode or something, like you’d see in a Funniest Home Video. Glad it didn’t.

I skipped all the way from my car to door of the grocery store yesterday. Of course I was hand in hand with Kelly, but hopefully it still counts.

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Jason of Kim & Jason December 18, 2008 at 9:57 pm

Cool post, Lance. Thanks for the link!

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Lance December 19, 2008 at 4:02 am

@Annette – Nice job Annette, keep right on dancing!! Your kids are learning, also, that fun is okay – and that a great lesson!

@Liz – I don’t think we’ve been talking (your husband and I)…or have we???? Hmmm…. Sometimes we get wrapped up in everything we have to do – and fun, unless it’s planned, doesn’t happen. I’ve been there too, Liz. And yet, this is probably when we need something fun the most. A break to rejuvenate us before we continue on. I needed to hear this too…

@Kelly – Good for you Kelly, being silly!! Gasp…you’ve been irresponsible!! I think that is completely awesome Kelly! Keep on doing that, making others *gasp* at what you do. I love your statement about most things being transitory, more of a small blip than something big. Thought of this way, let’s not take all this “stuff” too seriously! Thank you, Kelly, for a wonderful perspective on this whole concept of having fun! And, Merry Christmas to you and your family, as well!

@Meleah – Here’s to having fun this holiday season, and beyond, Meleah!

@Brandi – It was loads of fun! I try not to watch a lot of news on tv, because it is usually focused on the “bad” going on out there. Depressing. So, let’s change that up, right Brandi! Make fun up instead. Be a little weird, and maybe give people something else to talk about (your silliness) instead of the sad, depressing news stories…

@Barbara – It was great to get away from all the electronic gizmos (well, we kept the radio!) and just relax, hang out, and generally have fun! It WAS fabulous! And yet, we don’t have to wait until we have a planned get away, to add some fun and relaxation in. Let’s do it more often, little bits of it here and there! (I need to remember this too…)

@Jannie – It was all luck on Shirley’s part! Hmmm…I think I’m glad it didn’t explode, too!! (although that probably would have been fun for some…) You’ve got an active imagination, Jannie! I’d say skipping counts and fun! I tried to convince my daughter I should do that with her as I dropped her off at school (she’s almost 12) – she didn’t see the “fun” in that at all! I think we’d have everyone talking (I guess for an early teen, that’s not such a good thing…). I’ll keep on trying…

@Jason – Thanks Jason! And your welcome on the link – the stuff you and Kim have is great – it fits perfectly with what this post talked about! I’m all for putting an end to adultitis!!

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Arswino December 19, 2008 at 7:20 am

Lance, you have reminded me. It seems that I have to take some refreshing and be fun. Thanks for the advice.

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Bunny got Blog December 19, 2008 at 11:09 am

Great advice.

Hopefully that inner child never goes up in any of us.

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Celes | EmbraceLiving.Net December 20, 2008 at 2:46 am

Hey Lance! You definitely sounded like you had lots of fun!! There’s always a child in all of us, isn’t there? 😉

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Lance December 20, 2008 at 5:19 am

@Arswino – It’s a reminder for me, too – to make sure I’m having “fun” going on in my life! Go out and have a GREAT time!!

@Bunny got Blog – Right on bunny! Let’s keep that inner child going strong! Here’s to having buckets of fun!!

@Celes – That pillow was a blast! There were no worries, no stresses (except for thinking I could squash a kid if I fell!!) – and it really just felt so great to laugh and have fun. Not a feeling any of us should lose…

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Kelly Turner December 20, 2008 at 6:51 am

i want to escape adulthood! I work 10-13 hours a day at my day job and have little energy for much else. Im only 22! i do alot of it to myself, but this management crap is wearing me down- i think its time for a switch.

I get antsy every few months and need to do something new. I just need to make sure I can keep a roof over my head as well.

BUT! that doesnt mean i cant go play on the playground for a few hours, does it?

Kelly Turner
http://www.everygymsnightmare.com

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LisaNewton December 20, 2008 at 7:30 am

This post is so timely. Yesterday, I was talking to a friend on the phone, saying how excited I was about my new bike. He said I sounded like a kid.

You know what, I did and I am. I sent a picture of it to my kids via my cell phone, and they loved it, saw my excitment and joined in.

So, thank you Lance. I’ll be having fun this weekend and many more days to come on my bike……………:)

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Tabby December 20, 2008 at 1:11 pm

I deeply believe we should allow our inner child out as often as he/she wishes. Loved reading this!

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Jean Browman--Cheerful Monk December 20, 2008 at 4:18 pm

I have a jogging trampoline and bounce almost every day. I watch videos from Netflix while I do it. 🙂

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Cricket December 20, 2008 at 6:22 pm

Hey Lance,

This is great. I began trying to live my life each day just like this. It became habit and now I don’t even try anymore. “Being a kid” at heart is just there. I would not have it any other way.

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Lance December 20, 2008 at 7:11 pm

@Kelly Turner – Go play Kelly! Swing on the swings, spin on the merry go round, go down the slide! Sometimes that’s just what you need to get over the stress of a long day. Working 10-13 hours a day, that’s a very long work day, Kelly. While that can be sustainable in the short-term, it’s probably going to lead to burn out. I suggest you “try” to find a way to cut back a bit… Keeping a roof over your head – that is important, and yet, don’t let that be the only driver in your decisions. And, all that said, if you do love what you do, look to keep the fun in it…

@LisaNewton – A new bike, awesome Lisa!! And when others get excited about what “you’re” excited about, it makes it even better! And, I love my bike too! (but it’s put away for the winter – I would need a mini-plow on it to use it right now!) Enjoy your new bike Lisa!!!

@Tabby – I’m with you 100% Tabby! Let’s let that child in us out as much as he/she wants to come out!!

@Jean Browman – Bouncing on the trampoline – very cool Jean! It’s a great way to stay fit and even act a little bit like a kid!

@Cricket – Isn’t that cool – it’s become a habit! And that’s a great point, Cricket, that things we make a habit start to happen automatically – without us even trying. Keep on doing it Cricket – it’s great for you, personally, and also for your kids – and the message you’re passing on to them – that having fun is okay (which we sometimes start to lose as we get older…). I think this is all very awesome Cricket!

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Cath Lawson December 20, 2008 at 10:26 pm

Hi Lance – It sounds like you had an awesome fun. And this is a great reminder for us all to have more fun. I’m definitely going to make a conscious effort.

And I love the way you American’s have campfires and eat smores. I’ve always wanted to do that – hopefully I’ll get a chance if we get to move to the States.

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avtcoach December 20, 2008 at 11:03 pm

Thank you Lance for visiting my place today. I do plan to enjoy every minute of the Christmas season. I have several friends who have lost their fathers this year. Mine was very ill last March and although he is doing better he will be 75 in ’09. I want to enjoy each and every holiday with him and my mom.

I read your post and honestly I have never seen anything like this. What an amazement it must be to come upon this and just get on it and jump! Looks like great fun! You are right we get accustomed to the world of adult rules and forget that our play time is our own and we should just explore! I have a friend who has made a list of all of the wonderful things she wants to do that are new and different and she checks things off of her list as she experiences them. What freedom she has checking them off.
Ymmmm…I might have to make a list of my own. Merry Christmas!

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Lance December 22, 2008 at 8:29 pm

@Cath – It really was great fun Cath! Campfires and s’mores are really a big part of the camping experience – I hope you do get the chance t experience this fun morsel of goodness!

@Avtcoach – The thing about this was it’s sheer size – it was sooo big! Having a list of things to accomplish is a great idea – I have one of those lists somewhere, which reminds me – I should find it, and update it! Merry Christmas to you, too!

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Jennifer December 23, 2008 at 6:39 pm

Thanks for the reminder Lance. I’m all about having more fun. I would totally join in on the big bouncy pillow. It looked like so much fun.

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Lance December 24, 2008 at 6:42 am

Jennifer, you’re welcome! This was so much fun, and yet hardly any adults!! We need more of you out there – being a kid, having fun, living life!

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Zandria December 26, 2008 at 6:29 pm

A big bouncy pillow? Sweet! I’ve always loved trampolines, although I haven’t been on one in a while…

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Lance December 29, 2008 at 8:09 am

Zandria, it was sweet! This was like a gigantic trampoline, and if you fell you just rolled into the sand! Well…for me, as long as I didn’t smash any little kids along the way!!

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Robin Easton December 29, 2008 at 5:58 pm

Ooooooooh! This is sooooo cool!!!!!! I would not be able to stay off this thing. I not only LOVE doing things with kids, but I LOVE stuff like this. I forget myself doing it. I laugh as hard as the kids. I become INFUSED with Life. This is SO cool, Lance. I am sitting here excited out of my mind!!!!!!! What is so neat, is that I am working on a video about doing fun things that keep us alive. I am going to bookmark this post and link back to it whenever I get the video done. You would not believe the fun stuff I love doing. My husband filmed me rolling in the snow the other day. I was laughing my head off. Bit by bit I am collecting snippets of film to do a video. I am sooooo proud of you and your wife for going out there with those kids. Two seconds into this video and my WHOLE energy rose. Can you believe that? I was feeling tired and overworked and just watching this video changed my whole level of energy. I wanted to be on that thing with those kids sooooooo badly. You are such a HUGE confirmation and inspiration for me. You confirm Life and Vitality and Abundance and Joy and so much more. This has made my whole daaaaay!!! Yipppeeeeeeee!!!! 🙂
Thank you a thousand times over. If you could seem me grinning and laughing right now from this viedo you would chuckle. Many hugs, Robin! 🙂

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Lance December 30, 2008 at 7:20 am

Robin, thank you so much! And, yes – it really was sooooo cool! We had a blast doing this – more adults really needed to jump on and have some fun! So, now I want to see this video of you in the snow! Robin, that’s what I really love about you – how you are bursting with such enthusiasm for life. In fact, I can just feel it, even in just reading your words here – it’s like they are jumping off the page! Your support here means the world to me – thank you for continuing to come back and brighten my days!

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