When I do post on the third Friday of every month, I like to post about the “secret” to enjoying life. First I hope you will note the tongue-in-cheek use of the quotation marks around the word, secret. That’s because the truth is that there are no secrets to enjoying your life.
I think most of us have an idea of what we like to do and what we could do to enjoy our lives. If you don’t know, you should definitely make it your mission to find out what those things are. But once you do know what they are, if anything, the “secret” or “trick” or the thing is that you have to actually do those things that you enjoy. Without guilt and without excuses.
That’s harder to do than it was for me to type. I struggle with this constantly. I really enjoy playing the Sims 4, a life simulation computer game where you build homes, create characters (or sims) and have them live their lives. Correction, I LOVE playing the Sims. It is one of the only things that I can do where I lose all sense of time and space. My life challenges slip away and I forget about them as I redesign a house or build a studio for my artist sim, Grace Coddington. I have so much fun!
But somehow, through life experiences, books I’ve read stressing the importance of productivity and efficiency, and maybe a false sense of my own importance, I find myself feeling guilty about playing. Shouldn’t I be doing something else that’s more important? Like reading? Maybe. But if the Buddy Man is fed, the house is humming along, and work commitments have been met, I’m learning it’s OK to stop and play the Sims 4.
So do the things that are enjoyable to you. That’s the “secret” to enjoying your life. I’ve got to go. Grace has another masterpiece to paint.
PS. If any out there also plays the Sims, I’m MyCuratedSims.