Life’s Too Short Not To Have Fun

By January 2, 2017Musings

When was the last time you:

Went to a movie in a movie theatre, bought popcorn and just escaped for a few hours

Found a penny on the ground, picked it up and passed it on to someone else for “good luck”

Swung on a swing

Made a snow angel

Looked for seashells on a beach

Ate a candied apple

Went on a picnic

Played Monopoly

Drew a picture

Flew a kite

Toasted marshmallows

Rode on a merry-go-round

Splashed in puddles

Pressed leaves between the pages of a book

Skipped a stone across water

Built sand castles

Jumped in a pile of leaves

Built a tree fort

Looked at the stars

Skinny dipped

Licked the spoon

Made a wish on a dandelion puff

Skated on a pond

Finger painted

Made a fort out of blankets

Collected something

Held hands

Laughed and giggled til your sides hurt

Caught frogs or tadpoles or minnows


Found wonder in the smallest of things

Today…find the wonder. Celebrate the childlike beauty of doing things that bring you joy. Put on your superhero cape.

Skip, run, jump, nap, eat and play. Build a bit of that wonder into each and every day.

Life’s too short not to have fun.

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  • Ok, ready???

    I found THIRTY FIVE CENTS on the sidewalk yesterday and picked it up, along with the pine cone next to it, and brought it home.

    That was right after I looked for seashells on the beach 🙂

    I didn’t draw but I colored. Lots of pictures of Hello Kitty. Some with markers and some with colored pencils.

    I sat in the sand. And stared at the clouds. Does that count?

    And I ran. Because I was walking, and that all of a sudden felt soooooo slow and I wanted to fly so I just ran down the block and over the grass until I couldn’t breathe, which at this age was pretty soon, but then I ran some more!

    This is a delightful list and a delightful photo and I know of at least one other person on earth who is joining me in the wonder 🙂

    • You are a woman after my own heart @carollynnrivera:disqus 🙂 And we shall keep enjoying the wonder as we wander and take in the simple, but powerful, moments of joy.

  • What a wonderful list Kaarina, and I love the photo of you! It’s been way too long since I’ve done the things you outlined above b-u-t, yesterday, for the first time in my life, I made a snow man! Well, it wasn’t just me it was me and a couple of the kids who live in my neighborhood, but I’ve never done anything like that before because most of my life I lived on a tropical Island.

    As I stood on my lanai (hum, balcony, or whatever they call it here) drinking my morning coffee and watching the snow fall I realized creating this drastic shift in reality was just what I needed to feel alive again. So, now I’m going to work on doing a few more of the things on your list. Thanks for the inspiration, and Happy New Year Kaarina!

    • Happy New Year to you @marquitaherald:disqus 🙂 I’m sure you’ll experience many new-found fun things (like building that snowman) with your move from the tropical climate to one with snow. And I think you can still call your balcony a lanai 😉 Great to see you here: let’s keep wondering and wandering. Bravo to you for having made that drastic shift in your reality.

  • Lori Gosselin

    Kaarina!Such beautiful images! We do get so serious, don’t we (I do), especially at the beginning of a new year!
    I’ve got so many plans and a right schedule! Thanks for the reminder to infuse some “other” fun into my schedule! 🙂
    Happy 2017!

    • Happy New Year to you @lorigosselin:disqus! I’m delighted that you enjoyed the images, and hope you’ll take time out to infuse “fun” into each and every day. Cheers!