May 1, 2012 in Musings

A Facebook friend recently posted:

When its all said and done many, many, many decades from now my goal is to be able to think back and say “Damn that was a fun ride!”

My comment was:

When it’s all said and done, fewer decades from now than for you, I’ll be able to say, “What a Hell of a Ride,” all of it, nothing left out. I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat. Not always fun, but always challenging.

Now clearly, I understood what he was communicating and my answer was just short of flippant. However, I think there’s real grist for the mill here.

You see, when I really think about it, there is much in life that just isn’t inherently fun. Furthermore, I know of no one that has problems mastering life when it is fun. The fun things in life seem to flow naturally, flow with no struggle. If there’s mastery to be gained, it seems to come at a cost and it comes from those things that are often challenging, difficult, and not particularly fun.

I see life, or try to, as this great adventure where no day is ever the same. Yes, the day in day out task are frequently the same, hence the saying, same shit, different day, but it’s that different day that makes the task a different task. Each day provides me with the opportunity to create fun, joy, and value from the task at hand, or not. Also, adventures are not always fun and enjoyable. What makes them an adventure is the uncertainty of the outcome, not necessarily whether they’re enjoyable or fun. The challenge in the adventure always becomes, can I create value out of what’s ahead of me today.

I just got thinking. I’ve often heard people say things like “what a great party that was, it was sure a lot of fun.” What I cannot ever remember anybody saying is, “what a great party that was, boy was it fun and boy do I feel a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.

By the way, I’m not agin fun, not in the least. In fact, it’s an integral part of my daily life.

Hmmmm, I feel another post coming on…”Life is a Soap Opera.”

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