It's a little too easy to get caught up in all the business of being an adult, isn't it? It's one thing after the other, responsibility after responsibility...
Well, today is famous children's author Dr. Seuss's birthday, sparking celebrations at elementary schools all over the country. But you don't have to be a kid to appreciate Dr. Seuss...or to have a good time like a kid!
Get a New Toy
You know the feeling: it's the same one you get when there's a knock at the door and you know it's a delivery, or when you open a gift and it's exactly what you wanted.
It's that same feeling you get as a kid when you get a new toy. Your face lights up, it's exciting, it's fun!
Why does that have to go away because you're an adult? Buy yourself something fun--heck, by yourself an actual toy. Why not? When you were a kid, did you ever say, "When I'm grown up I'll buy whatever I want?" Now is the time, friend.
This is easy and fun and really truly enjoyable. Buy a bottle of bubbles for a buck, go outside, and just sit somewhere comfortable and make all the bubbles you want.
It can be amazingly calming and peaceful. If you blow slowly, you can blow giant bubbles; blow quickly and you'll get a myriad of little ones.
Okay, so your pretending skills might be a little rusty (or maybe not--how good are you at pretending to work when the boss is watching?), but there's something genuinely fun about playing pretend.
If it seems a little weird to you, try playing a game of charades or an improv-style game with friends. You'll be amazed at the creativity you have stored up.
You can't go to a store anymore without seeing a cool, adult-inspired coloring book, and there's a reason for this. Coloring is a lot of fun.
It doesn't take much to get started: a coloring book, some markers or colored pencils, and a little bit of space. It's been shown to be a stress-reliever, too!
You work hard. You do what you have to do to take care of yourself and the people you care about, but sometimes taking care of yourself means enjoying yourself. Embrace that inner kid of yours and have a good time.