When I was a kid, my mom used to take my paintings to a psychiatrist for evaluation. This is one of those paintings:

As you can see, it’s a unicorn galloping across a rainbow with a giant smile on its face.

Most of my art was a spin on this same theme. My pictures always involved rainbows, some sort of mystical creature (the unicorn was always a popular choice), and smiles. Lotsa smiles.

I don’t remember what the psychiatrist thought of my artistic flair. I do remember that this unicorn pic was painted during a time in my life when I was still doing things for fun, rather than doing things to achieve an end result. But eventually I realized that I was no Picasso and I quit drawing & painting altogether, as most children do.

This was around the same time that the adults in my life started suggesting that my future was more important than the present moment. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” they asked me. I responded with a blank stare. “I don’t know”, I thought. “I’m not grown up yet. Do I have to think about that now?”

Looking back on it, there’s no way that I could have predicted my career path at the age of 8. Can you imagine??? “Hey Dad, I want to be a blogger”. There was no such thing as a “blogger” in 1985. Heck, my dad still doesn’t know what a blogger is.

So parents, take note: asking your kids what they want to be when they grow up is a dumb question. There’s no way they’ll be able to predict what kinda crazy jobs are going to exist in the year 2032.

Instead, ask them what they want to do today or better yet, ask them what they want to do for FUN.

And while you’re at it, why don’t you take a moment to ask yourself the very same question. The key to being more fun is to decide what’s fun for you and then, GO DO IT.

Quit living for the future; it doesn’t exist. I know that’s a mind-bender, but the reality is that if you spend THIS moment feeling grateful and happy, the future will take care of itself.

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What did you love to draw when you were a kid? Let me know in the comments below. Or better yet, post a pic of your art on my Facebook wall.

Peace, Love & Unicorns!!

xo
kb.

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6 thoughts on “How to Be More Fun

  1. Kaleena

    “I do remember that this unicorn pic was painted during a time in my life when I was still doing things for fun, rather than doing things to achieve an end result.”

    Oh. Snap. *Lowers Head Down*

    THIS. You know, my artistic output was never higher than when I simply did what I want for sheer pleasure. When I started thinking about money or success, that put a damper right on it. Same thing for my writing. I have WIPs sitting, crying forlornly in the hard drive closet because I’ve attached so much weight to what could POSSIBLY HAPPEN LATER. Epiphanies. Sigh. They’re so damn obvious.

    One of my best kid drawings was my depiction of the character Lydia from Beetlejuice. For reals. The sweetest thing was how much my mother loved it. Kept it on the fridge for years. :)

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  2. Linda Brackstone

    Just what I needed to be reminded of today. Since I am not attending Unity as often, it is doubtful that I will be asked to sing anymore. Shoot, i wasn’t asked to sing when I was there weekly, unless it was someone in the congregation.
    I love my voice lessons and I love recording the accompaniments and imagining singing them for some groups. I have always done it for fun and they are really so much fun that I doubt that there will come a time when I will stop. Did I tell you that I got an email from a minister that loved my music and ordered a second copy of the songbook for her personal use? She said she loves to sings in the sanctuary when she is feeling down and she is taking opera lessons so she doesn’t get that ‘old lady’s’ warble. She is 72. Enjoy your blogging. I Do!

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  3. Melissa Kay

    KB. TY for inspiring, I always drew wings! I love butterflies,bees,hummies but now a bald eagle!! Any thing that soars the earth!!

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  4. Ariella

    When playing with charcoal and paper I was fascinated with houses and language so I sat on the grass in my front yard and drew several houses on the street. When I wasn’t doing that, I tried inventing new characters/symbols for languages. I’ve changed my handwriting style several times throughout the past 30 years. Sometimes it’s intentional while other times change happens and I have to decide if I like it or not.

    My favourite change was when I saw the Disney movie Aladdin. I fell in love with the swirly/arching “d” character and adopted it immediately. My second favourite is when I accidentally drew the Allan candy company logo bunny ears when signing my first name Ariella (the two Ls mimicking the bunny Ls in A”ll”an), and haven’t been able to stop since haha! I have a bunny-looking signature now and I love it!

    I mostly wrote music growing up though. It was more my thing than drawing.

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  5. Margarita

    This is something I need to keep working at. Every time I immerse myself in the very things I enjoy doing most in my business, things just take off like crazy. And when that happens, I stop, put away my artist hat, put on my business hat, and start “strategizing” in an effort to keep the flow coming in. Then the magic ends. Argh!!

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  6. Lakshmi

    Such a fun, inspiring post! It is true, knowing what you love to do for fun can be the key to a fulfilling career.
    As children, we do so many things for fun without any expectation of reward. Somehow, along the way to adulthood, ‘real life’ and responsibilities, we lose sight of living in the moment.
    I loved the movie, ‘Ramona and Beezus’ because it took me back to my childhood when I hatched all kinds of crazy schemes and, in fact, believed that nothing was impossible.

    As for drawings, I loved to draw people, especially beautiful girls from mythological stories and even did portraits of my classmates. I often scrawled pictures of deities.

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