It’s come to my attention recently that the world we live in can be pretty fucked up. Well, I’ve kind of known this for a long time actually, it’s just that things seem more fucked up now than ever before in my lifetime. Perhaps, I’m just more aware of my surroundings?
A handful of days back now, I was reading an article on how Australian’s are meant to become less reliant on the aged pension in decades to come. Are you serious?, I pondered to myself, feeling the rage grow inside me. It’s OK for our politicians to keep their multi million dollar pensions yet, the rest of us plebs have to work longer and save harder? Get to fuck and back I say!
Essentially, our government is trying to phase out the pension along with free health care. It’s makes you wonder though. Why do we pay all the taxes we pay when we get nothing in return? Most of us work hard and try to build a comfortable life however, the older I grow, the more I realize that one just has to have fun with the limited time on earth we are given here on planet earth.
Last week, I did something very naughty and reinstalled the Facebook application on my phone. For those of you not in the know, I deleted it over a month ago to get away from social media. My Instagram account went with it. It was great. I noticed I was finding my days more enjoyable and flowing by rather quickly. My focus was directed on the better things in life. My thought patterns were taking on a positive direction and after a while, I wasn’t missing Facebook in the slightest. So why did I reinstall the app you ask? Facebook is like a drug so getting off it means there most likely will be the odd relapse here and there. It’s bloody hard to get rid of but the irony is that I am feeling a little more negative in recent days. The nauseating side effects of social media ey?
So why are so many of us not having fun? Not doing the things we love? Are we not making the time? Are we letting our lives become overrun with social media and reality TV? My partner has encouraged me to watch a most daft television show called “Married At First Sight” recently. It’s train wreck TV at its worst! Sadly, like the daily perils of Facebook, it’s addictive as all hell. I. Must. Not. Watch. Rubbish. TV. Repeat after me! Yep, it’s yet another pointless chunk of time in my life that I am wasting when I could be nestled away reading my book or planning more travel adventures.
So what holds us back from having fun? Let’s take a closer look shall we.
What a load of tosh. No, seriously, think about it. How can you ever say you are bored? That’s the sort of tripe small children pull out so why do so many adults complain about being bored? Get some hobbies and interests wedged into your life. Read a book, go to the movies, run, swim, hike, collect stamps, start a wine club or plan more weekends away with your loved ones. There is ALWAYS something to do that can be fun not just for you, but those around you as well.
YOU NEED TO SPEND MONEY!
Again, a load of tosh. There are always money free options available to you at any given time. And if you do need to spend money on something, look up discount websites like Groupon or lasttix. You would be surprised at how much money you can save. Aside from that, what better way to spend time than with friends and family in nature where it is often free as a button. Spending money does not assure fun.
YOU DON’T HAVE THE TIME!
Yep, you guessed it, another load of tosh. If you took the time spent on Facebook and/or in front of the television out of your life, you would gather an extra 20-30 hours a week to utilize on having some serious fun. Turn your televisions off, delete your social media apps (I know it’s hard) and get our there! Imagine how many books you would read if you spent your new found spare time reading?
YOU WORRY ABOUT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK!
If you say you have never been in this position then you are lying to yourself. It’s impossible to go through life in the western world and not worry what other people think of us at times. It can be any number of situations or environments when we are around our peers that we second guess ourselves or do things to impress other people. There is a famous Dr Seuss quote, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
I also enjoy the Oscar Wilde quote, “Be yourself because everyone else is taken.”
My personal advice to you is simply this. No matter what you do in life and where you go, just have fun in the process!