I distinctly remember at age 17 telling my parents that I wasn't going to get all boring when I got older. I didn't see why you should stop being silly and having fun just because you were grown up. For me this meant I absolutely planned to own a house with a fireman's pole and a helter-skelter style spiral slide from bedroom to kitchen.
Funnily enough I don't have either in my house now, and I am fast approaching 40.
I watch my 7 and 5 year old daughters running around pretending to be Batman and the Joker, giggling their heads off, and I try and remember the last time I giggled like that. The high pitched hysterical giggle that makes others smile to just hear.
I can't remember.
When the girls were babies I considered myself pretty good at playing the fool enough to get them to laugh. Now it feels like hard work. We are having a tough year as a family, but nothing I should moan about.
So to get my comedy mojo back I am planning on working on my laughter muscles. I have a plan of action. Read on to find out how....
How to have fun: Action points
- Firstly I have booked tickets for two comedy gigs. Expensive, so it's two in one year, but it's a start.
- I have dusted off some old comedy VHSs that I used to howl at (Eddie Izzard, Lee Evans) and plan to get the VHS cranked up again on a weekly basis.
- I will not surf or social network whilst watching comedy. I can't get the joke often when concentrating, so I need to focus on the moment to have fun.
- I will break into dance at a random point in EVERY day. It doesn't have to be when I'm not alone.
- I will practise smiling when in the car. Sounds crazy, but smiling is supposed to trigger feel good hormones, whether fake or not.
- I will attempt to pull funny faces at my children at least once a week and make them laugh.
- I will deliberately opt to do something that is embarrassing as often as opportunity arises.
- I will play charades more.
I am hoping that this plan of action will help me get my comedy mojo back. What do you think? Would you have me add anything else to the plan?