I think we would all be better off if we applied this "Ultimate Fun" concept to our lives. Here are a few examples of some things I think we tend to take beyond "Ultimate Fun" (at least the things that have been on my mind lately):
- Food: We all know the feeling of overindulging. Not only are you left feeling stuffed and uncomfortable, but the long-term effects aren't great either...trust me, I know. :)
- Busy-ness: We all seem to be in competition with each other to see who is the busiest. The conversation usually looks something like this: "How are you?" "Ugh, busy! You?" "Yup, pretty busy." And then both parties go back and forth with all of the things they have going on. I think busy-ness is killing us! We've become so over-worked and over-stressed that we sometimes lose sight of what is important in life...our relationships with God and those we care about the most. Don't fall into the trap!!!!
- Athletics: Anyone who knows me might be shocked by that one. Trust me I love me some sports, but we can go to far. In this case, I'm referring to youth sports. I think in general, our kids are doing way too much, way too early! I question how much this is helping our kids. Trust me, I want them to be active and exercising, and to learn and excel in sports. What concerns me is what we're beginning to see at the upper high school levels. I'm seeing 2 major things becoming more and more of a problem:
- Kids are quitting sports programs around their sophomore or junior years because they are just burnt out. It is no longer fun for them. They blew by "ultimate fun" around 8th grade.
- Those who don't get burnt out are getting seriously hurt or developing chronic injuries. Kids are putting so many miles on their muscles so early that by the time they are in the upper levels of their competitive careers, they are riding the bench with some part of their body in a cast. It just kills me to see that! (not all of them experience this, but unfortunately it seems to be more and more)
Life Lesson #1: Ultimate Fun - Find a balance in your life. Don't over do it. It's okay to leave wanting more, it gives you something to look forward to.