Having More Fun
When was the last time you did something really, really fun? When was the last time you cackle laughed with your best friends or stayed up partying way past your bed time? When was the last time you danced until your feet hurt or spontaneously booked a trip just for the hell of it? When was the last time you just had fun, instead of worrying about your career/relationships/life path/Brexit? I feel like I've always been pretty good at prioritising fun in my life - I've sang along to my favourite bands at festivals and danced until the wee hours in clubs in Ibiza. I always try to have lots of social events and holidays in the diary and I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie too - I love rollercoasters and have even hauled myself out of a plane in the name of #fun.
But despite all of that, I feel like recently the fun to serious ratio in my life has been slipping, and from speaking to friends, it feels like a lot of us are in the same boat. Since hitting my late twenties I have definitely noticed that things have got more intense - it seems like everyone is buying houses or getting married or starting families. Friends are starting to get more serious about their career paths and putting in the hours at the office is prioritised over after work drinks. It's a huge shift from a few years ago when we were spending all our money in Topshop and powering through Fridays at work with a wine hangover.
Don't get me wrong - it's exciting to be in a new phase of life, to think longer term and start laying down some plans for the future. But for the sake of our sanity, I think it's also important to remember to have some good old fashioned fun while doing all of that. In fact, I'm not sure that we've ever needed it more - having fun is the ultimate rebellion against Trump and terrorism and exchange rates and all of the other bullshit clogging the news these days. It's the perfect antidote to the sadness and misery and stress that surrounds us all.
Which is why I want to spend 2017 embracing fun with the same level of gusto as I did when I was 19. I want to go to more gigs and dance in fields with my friends and say yes to the midweek cocktails. I want spontaneous date nights and time spent giggling with my favourite little people. I want to hang out with all my favourite ladies and laugh about the stupid stuff we did at college and uni. I want to sing karaoke badly and watch the sunrise in the taxi on the way home from fab nights out. I still want to work hard at the serious stuff, but I want to balance that with fun fun fun.
Because life is short - don't owe it to ourselves to loosen up and enjoy it a bit more?