Stop Kidding Around!

Have you ever walked through a park, seen all the crunchy, Autumn leaves blanketing the grass, and felt compelled to dive bomb them? Or maybe you make a bee line for the swings? When was the last time you drew a hopscotch with chalk and hopped your heart out?

If you are reading this, and you are an adult, chances are it has been a while. You may have looked at the leaves, but convinced yourself that leaves in your hair is not proper business attire and it may give everyone in the office the wrong impression. Or perhaps you were worried your bum would get trapped in between the swing’s arms. No? Just me then…

The fact is, we could all do with a dose of childishness from time to time. And no, that doesn’t mean pinching me and repeating everything I say. I said that doesn’t mean…okay, stop it.

When you consider children, their philosophy is mostly: if it’s fun, do it. They don’t think about what other people are going to think about them, and they generally don’t care what state their clothes might be in. Diving head first into a sand box is of no concern to them, so why to us adults?

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Quite simply, we only have ourselves to blame. We all want to go on the round-a-bout, but we don’t want to be the first one. We are afraid that other adults will think we are strange or a little crazy.

So what do we need to do? Well, contrary to the title of this post, we need to start kidding around. This week I challenge you to do something you would have done at ten years old without thinking. Even if it is a little hippity-hop every time you step of the curb (which is my personal M.O.). Treat yourself to a little fun in your day. You will be amazed what it can do!

The quest begins!

It seems to be the hot topic of the moment: blogging. I would love to meet the person who came up with the term used by professionals, foodies, mums and CEOs alike and, quite frankly, makes me think of great muddy holes or things that live up my nose. Perhaps that was the point…

Whoever they were, I have to admire their ability to have people from all walks of life repeating this ridiculous word. Imagine if they had called them snozgrubbles. Can you imagine a table full of executives debating the content of the next snozgrubble? I like to think the creators

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of blogging had a bit of a laugh when coming up with the term.

I’ve always believed in not taking yourself too seriously. In fact, it is something I have always struggled to do which doesn’t always compute working in a business environment. I’ve never exactly been a class clown, but for me being serious has it’s limits and I’m all for lightening the mood at any possible opportunity. Give me puns over presentations any time.

Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, life has a tendency to draw me into the droll and dreary beast that is the rat race but it is time to rebel! Instead of bills I want thrills and instead of responsibilities I want more possibilities!

So here goes. I am on a quest to make my otherwise mundane life just a little more exciting. To find ways of squeezing some fun into the familiar. I am on a quest. Come join me!