How Did I Have Fun In 2011?
When I thought about this question, I started to list specific events that I had enjoyed throughout the year. It’s always nice to review fond memories, and it’s interesting to note that things that don’t seem fun in the moment can be remembered as fun, and vice versa. However, creating a list wasn’t really the spirit of the question; the full question could have been written:
How did I have fun in 2011, and how can I have more fun in 2011.
Reverb isn’t just a review of 2011, it’s also a way to plan for an incredible 2012. Something that will make next year better is recognizing that planning and anticipation are huge parts of having fun for me. Gretchen Rubin frequently talks about how to have fun and how important it is to take the time to anticipate the good things. Start enjoying them before they even occur. As an example, I anticipated Thanksgiving by planning a menu; I enjoyed the process, so I was having fun with Thanksgiving a full week ahead of the actual holiday. Unfortunately my roommate wound up with a concussion on Thanksgiving (she is now fine), so the holiday was not the fun I had anticipated. However, the enjoyment I felt the week before was real, even if the event itself turned out very differently than anticipated.
So how can I leverage planning and anticipation into more fun? Havi Brooks talks about leaving little surprises and gifts to be found by yourself at a later time, and I love that idea. I’m going to spend the weekend coming up with a few ideas and putting them into practice. I also planned out several artist’s dates so I can anticipate them and have fun with them instead of skipping them because I feel uninspired.
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How do you have fun? What are you anticipating right now?