The ritual of the three essential tasks continues to be as relevant to me as it has been to my children. Since their first days of school, before leaving my car and entering the greater world each day, I charged them to complete the three tasks: learn something new, help someone else and have fun.
So easy is it for adults to omit the third task. After all, we’re serious grownups. University and college isn’t supposed to be fun. Working isn’t for laughs. We can be struggling just to make ends meet.
But what is the point of life? To grow (by learning). To connect (by helping others and living for something bigger and beyond our selves).
And to live each and every day, to live them fully, and to enjoy and appreciate the moments that make up each day.
Having fun isn’t just about having some laughs with friends, enjoying a treat at recess and mastering the monkey bars. It’s about attending to the great and simple pleasures of life.
We need to take responsibility for seeking out those things that bring us joy: the people we love to be with, beauty in unexpected places, warmth when we feel cold, a breeze when we’re too hot, just enough food when we are famished, work that is meaningful, and a rest after a full day.
What brings joy to your days? What brings you meaning? What makes you laugh? Who makes you smile?
Make them your priorities. Create your own joy and create it for others.