Sometimes I just take life too plain seriously. Other times the seriousness of those around me makes me nuts. That’s why I insert some plain silliness into my day now and then. Luckily (or not) for my partner, our neighbor’s son (who is 10) bought me some really cool toys for my birthday back in December. The toy culprit in question which Kim is convinced is taking years off of her life is our beloved screaming monkey.
This monkey is built with heavy rubberbands, fur, a noisemaker (the screaming part), and a lovely orange cap with a visor and tails. You can get a sense of what he looks like in this photo. How he works (and indeed the 10 year old needed to instruct me on this…I’m not the most mechanically inclined person, at least not on the first try) is that you stick your fingers in his front feet, pull back on his hind legs (like you’re going to fire a projectile) and then point him at your intended destination, and let go. He flies through the air and once he hits something he starts screaming in a loud “waaaah waaaah waaaaah” screech. It is a cross between a scream, cackle, and something I can’t put my finger on.
He is a great deal of fun because I can use him randomly to scare the hell out of Kim. I may be working quietly in my office when I get the urge to stir things up. So, I’ll ready, aim, and fire the monkey into the kitchen where she’s cleaning. Scares the heck out of her, and she is convinced I’m taking years off her life or that I’ll give her a heart attack yet. But in the end, it is just plain funny (and I think she agrees, at least once she catches her breath and her heart stops pounding). Of course, our household is not without revenge and she’s gotten me back on more than one occasion. I, too, am having the pants scared off of me.
So, what does this silly, childish activity I’ve been engaging in have to do with being more successful or having a great life? Well, it has to do with simply being silly. Playing for the fun of playing, and using your imagination to lighten things up and laugh a bit throughout the day. You’d be amazed at how good it feels to simply take a break and be goofy. We’re all busy women working hard to achieve our dreams and goals. And, focus and commitment are key to being successful. Yet, sometimes it is the act of being purely silly just for the fun of it that can get your creative juices flowing, lower your stress, and free you up from the grind. The good news is it doesn’t take long to do and doesn’t cost much (if any) money.
When was the last time you engaged in being just plain silly?
Are you willing to get just a little silly the next time you find yourself stressing out or taking things a little too seriously?