Introduction to Grown-ups Don’t Skip Have FUN Be Happy Enjoy Life
by Susan Sherbert
When was the last time you felt like skipping?
Did you embrace the moment and feel the joy, or did you refrain and act like the responsible adult you are supposed to be? As we get older we forget to have fun and enjoy life. Imagination and creativity are replaced with pressure and responsibility. Playtime becomes work time, and our dreams slowly fade away.
Without that spark of passion, that uncontainable giggle of joy, there is no place for the seeds of fun and dreams to grow. The purpose of Grown-ups Don’t Skip is to help you let go of adult reality and remember what carefree fun feels like. This inspiring book will help you gather the kindling that will fuel your imagination and put you on a path to a life you love.
To have more fun and enjoy life you must bring back the fun of youth. These pages provide the necessary tools to do just that. It’s about changing your thoughts and reconnecting with the emotions that are usually reserved for the very young. True joy and excitement are within you somewhere. It’s just a matter of discovering where you put them as you made your transition into adulthood.
Overcome your resistance to fun so you can have fun and enjoy life
And if you think you aren’t afraid of fun, think again. They say the number one grown-up fear is the fear of speaking in public, but where did all of this anxiety come from? As kids, we weren’t afraid to stand up in front of an audience. All it took was one little smile or patronizing laugh and – Show Time! We’d dance, sing, and talk non-stop to anyone who would listen. All that mattered was that we had an audience. Wow, someone is watching me! “Look what I can do Uncle Bill. I can stand on my head.” Upside down we went, underpants exposed to the world. It didn’t matter if our underwear was clean or not, and it never occurred to us that there might be a hole in them. More than likely, we’d be happy to show them off, especially if they had cartoon characters on them. As four year olds, we simply didn’t care what other people thought. Our minds were pure and free from status, judgment, discrimination, and fear. All we wanted was a bit of attention and maybe a smile for our efforts. Then we grew up.
Unfortunately things happen and we forget to have fun and enjoy life. Responsibility and pressure takes over, time and money become involved, and friends and family often get complicated. As a result, the good times get pushed aside. Adults learn about fear, hate, and jealously. We do our best to be kind, but criticism and judgment creep into our lives. We put our needs in front of others, and too often we end up on a different path than we expected.
Now imagine what your life would be like if we could bring back just some of the traits and feelings from that magical age. Would you have fun and play nicely with others? Would you be attracted to people for their smiles and personality, instead of their good looks and bank accounts? What about your dreams and imagination? How would your life be different if you truly believed that anything was possible? What would it feel like to embrace the now and remember the passion of fun and play?
“Change your thinking and your actions will follow”
Getting back in touch with the thoughts and feelings associated with fun happiness and joy requires time, energy, and a change in your way of thinking. There is some unlearning to be done. Bringing passion, fun, and dreams back into your life requires that you embrace the traits and qualities of a child, but from an adult perspective. It’s about changing our reality based, grown-up thinking, and relearning to have fun and enjoy life again.