Sometime in the past year, I crossed an invisible line. I left behind the carefree days of weddings and babies and entered a world of complaints and burdens. I kind of figured that stuff was still a long way off. My 50th birthday is still far enough in the distance that I can’t quite wrap my head around its implications yet, but chronological age aside, I learned today that a long time friend has a wife, 2 young girls, and an expiration date. He is not the first. My friends are getting sick and they are dying. Instead of talking about our great adventures and big dreams, we discuss surgeries and plans for a financially secure future. Are the best years behind us already? How can I face the second half of my life watching things fall apart around me?
One of my goals for 2016 is to “find the fun”. I want to stop worrying about filling out tax forms and whether I have the right car insurance, and who I’m going to hire to replace the leaking window. I want to figure out how to make the most of every moment. I want to laugh more. A tweet earlier today declared a man arrested repeatedly for breaking and entering to steal a cat had been found mentally incompetent. I laughed until, I cried. I used to laugh like that all the time. I want to laugh like that again, everyday. I want to find the fun, but sometime in the past year it went into hiding (probably should have taken that cat with it!)
Have you seen or experienced “the fun” recently? Would you recognize it? Could you describe it to me? Maybe point me in the right direction???