March 16, 2016

An Opinion On Fun

Earlier today I was approached by a peculiarly enthusiastic “housing-challenged” individual in a subway station. He wasn’t asking for financial contributions, and I quickly found myself engaged in conversation due in no small part to the fact that he was boasting the biggest smile on his face I’d seen all day.  He asked me, in English, no less, what my opinions were in regards to what I felt was one of the most important pursuits for an individual throughout his/her life.  I thought about it briefly and went through all the normal clichés such as satisfaction in one’s career, financial prosperity, family dealings, love, romance, etc.  And while all of these pursuits are indeed advantageous to one’s psyche and while they all are, without question, fantastic and, in one way or another, fulfilling pursuits, I found a common thread woven throughout them all that struck me almost immediately…A theme that, upon successful execution of any one and/or all of the previously mentioned pursuits, seems to consistently accompany them all…A theme that, even as a child, is ferociously and fantastically monumental to our day to day lives.  Thus, after brief but careful consideration, I looked at him dead in the eye and proudly spoke a one-syllable response:  “Fun.”  That was my answer.  In no shape, form, or fashion do I presume that this opinion is universal to everyone as I’m sure a whole variety of ideas could be presented and argued convincingly in regards to such a question.  I’m simply recognizing that which is most prevalent in the way I see the world.  Fun, in my mind, can be found in all of the pursuits mentioned above: a satisfying career, family, financial prosperity, love, romance, as well as any other worthwhile pursuit of choice I could imagine.  Enjoying something is a choice.  It’s a decision.  It’s not necessarily a result of any particular circumstance, rather, it’s a choice that is made in response to that circumstance.  Life is too short to choose not to have fun.  Thus, I was privileged to have to define that which is paramount in my life’s pursuits as a result of an oddly delivered and timed question from an oddly enthusiastic and contagiously jolly individual.  I hear the universe speaking loud and clear…and it’s saying, without exception, “Have fun.”