Let’s Have Some Fun . . . Seriously.

When did everything get so serious?

During the month of May, our friends at Every Monday Matters remind us that we are allowed to have a little fun:

Sure, we get it. We all have responsibilities—there’s homework to do, deadlines at work, errands to run, chores to finish, bills to pay, exercise to get in—but that doesn’t mean we’re not supposed to enjoy life. We’re allowed to have a little bit of fun. So, we have two options to consider, and frankly, we think they are both good ones. First, we can switch up our mindset and choose to find more fun in our responsibilities. Instead of thinking, “Ugh, I need to go to the gym,” how about looking for the good and saying, “I love going for a run because I get to be outside, see people and nature, and feel great when I’m finished”? See, exercise just got a whole lot more appealing and fun. Now, just apply the same shift to the rest of our responsibilities. The second option is about carving out space for adding new and fun experiences to your life. Yes, we are all really busy, but we still get to engage in fun. So this month, get ready to feel great, smile, laugh, dance, play games, connect with friends, and create fun in your own way. Are you already smiling just thinking about it? That’s how powerful and important having fun truly is. Fun matters. #YouMatter

Just taking the two minutes watching this video had us grinning. And realized that it was the most fun thing we had done all day.

But! The day is not over! This week, we are reminded to CONNECT LIVE.

The average person gets 58 hours of “free time” each week—time that we aren’t working, going to school, doing chores, eating, or sleeping. Not too bad. However, of the 58 hours, the average person spends 50 of those precious hours looking at a screen for entertainment. Ouch. That’s 50 hours connected to a screen with little to no live, in-person connection. This week, we’re challenging you to put down your devices, and get together with people around you IRL. That’s right, “in real life.” Get ready to CONNECT LIVE. Life is meant to be done together. Humans are social creatures, and we find meaning, purpose, and fun in one another. So come up with something you love doing and do it with someone else. Maybe it is going to a concert or a cultural event, or maybe it is sharing a meal together or taking someone out for coffee to catch up. Or, if time is too short to connect in person this week, then make a phone call instead of sending a text or Instagram message. The opportunities and ideas for connecting in person are endless—it’s just a matter of placing more value on our relationships and the fun that we can have together rather than spending all of our free time distracted on our devices. Let’s create more memories together. Connecting live matters.

At Table Coworking, we love to gather folks in simple, no-cost, no-agenda ways. Usually there is shared food. But we also love dog parks and gardens and yoga mats and kitchens.

How does your shared workplace make intentional space for folks to connect, well, unintentionally?

Every Tuesday, connect with us at SyncLife Coworking‘s Potluck Lunch. Bring something to eat and something to share. And remember, your leftovers are new to us!

Published by Daryn DeZengotita

I'm a Coworking Catalyst and Hospitality is my Super Power. At Table Coworking, we consult with churches to transform their underutilized space into vibrant, creative community centers. As one of Harvard Divinity School's Innovative Community Leaders, we are exploring new forms of joyful belonging and tribe gathering. One more thing - I founded the North Texas Coworking Alliance to support the movement and independent space owners. I hold a Journalism degree from Texas A&M and have oodles of years of experience in content marketing and direct sales.

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