Active Fun

What is fun? And what is active? Gosh, being given this month’s topic was almost one of those…”Oxford Dictionary defines…” moments! But I decided, no I was going to give you my take on things and see where that leads.

One thing I’m certain of is that age is no barrier to having fun – however what that fun might be possibly changes as we age. Perhaps not because of having less of an interest, but having less ability, or rather ability to execute to the level you have in the past.

So, if you’ve always had fun doing high jump, you might become a little disappointed when you can’t soar to the heights you used to. But I don’t think that that is the end of ‘fun’ – whether you just keep on going and owning your age groups (and beating some of those younger ones on the way!) – or whether you become a mentor or coach – there are lots of ways to keep living a fun life.

But then again, you might be like me. If I’m not good at something I throw in the towel. It’s likely I’ll turn my back on something that’s given me a lifetime of pleasure if it’s just not doing it for me anymore. I suspect I’ll be looking for fun elsewhere. And that’s where I’m hoping my brain stays active.

Crosswords, cryptic crosswords, any kind or word games, sudoku, learning languages, writing a novel – these are other types of fun that I think could be waiting for me on the other side of a less active body. Could these really be seen as active fun? I think so, because active (to me) means ‘working’ and whether or not it’s my body or my brain as long as something is still working then I’m going to try my darnedest to have fun – regardless of my age.

Age should be no barrier to fun – if can’t find the fun in your life ask others what they do for fun – seek out new places, new people, new ideas. Fun is the domain of all humans and if our basic needs are meet then we should be able to find some time for fun or to make the lives of those we interact with fun. Because if there’s anything better than a good time – it’s a good time that you share with someone else.

About Esther Perriam

Esther Perriam
Esther Perriam is a Director of Eldernet. She’s worked in the business for over 15 years and has been lucky to visit many of the older person’s services around the country. She’s never short of an opinion on…pretty much anything. Esther really loves reading and you’ll see plenty of book reviews authored by her. As a mother of two children there’s not much free time but if there is she also enjoys cooking (for grown-ups, not the kids!) and anything beach related in her spare time. Esther has presented at conferences around New Zealand and is happy to be contacted in regards to speaking or presenting at your event.

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    We should always try to do something we find fun, it helps on so many levels.