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Sacking the fun police (and an invite to join me on a great A-Z 12 month FUN generating activity!)

It occurred to me recently that I honestly couldn’t remember the last time I belly laughed – and I mean sore tummy belly laughing. I feel so disappointed to admit this but I doubt I’ve belly laughed in at least 2 years, in fact I’d probably say 3. That’s quite sad I know but when fatigue makes it difficult to get the words out there’s not much energy left over for laughing (and that’s aside from the fact I clearly wasn’t finding much to laugh at in my life).

That then got me thinking about the fun in my life (or lack there of) and a conversation I had with an incredible healer when I was down in Tassie over Christmas. Now let me just say that this special lady (Diane) is a very wise and intuitively gifted woman (she is in fact psychic). Diane told me that I had lost connection with my inner child and that my life had become all too serious  – something that needed to change, pronto. Now I wouldn’t disagree with her sentiment at all. The last 5 years of my life have been tough going from many perspectives , the last 3 in particular. What little capacity my (temporarily) dysfunctional brain had within it was perpetually fixated on getting well and that has been all consuming (and frustratingly boring). I’ve had to exercise extreme discipline and control in diet and life in general (notwithstanding the fact that compulsory energy conservation ensured I did very little, ever).

Anyway. I’ll cut to the chase. I was chatting to my very dear friend Lucy a few days ago around my need to reconnect with this long lost inner child and to start immersing myself in life again (namely the fun of it). My health has taken a fantastic turn (thanks again to Tassie Diane) and I’m ready to up the tempo and have a crack at that side-splitting laughing activity once again. Luce came back with the most fantastically simple idea that I’d love to share with you all – in the hope that you’ll choose to join in on the fun.

What you will need: a friend or partner happy to commit to upping the ‘fun portion’ of your lives.

What you will be doing: you have between now and the end of December 2013 to take in turns and work your way through the alphabet, selecting a suprise activity starting with the next letter that both of you can enjoy together – it doesn’t have to be something that is (literally) hilarious, it simply needs to be an activity that helps propel you into ‘life’. I’ll help you along here. Let’s say you had R. It could be anything as simple as swimming in the rain (tho’ some may argue that’s not much fun…but I bet you’d laugh!) or jumping on bikes and going for a ride (assuming that is something you maybe don’t already do..and having a picnic because that’d be lovely) or rolling down some massive grassy hill or sand dune – so many options!  It doesn’t have to cost much (if anything) and you can have so much fun getting creative. Our plan is to leave it as a suprise until the very last minute. We’ve agreed that the person organising is allowed to invite one extra friend and that you have to take a photo proving your activity. I have B and have already come up with our activity for Sunday week – which I do think will generate a lot of laughter.

This is what I propose: Every time Lucy and I carry out an activity I am going to write a quick post with a photo of what we’ve been up to, corresponding with that letter. What I’d love you to do is get involved and send me the photos of your A-Z activities and I’ll post them all together. Imagine how much enjoyment we would get out of inspiring each other to have FUN – not to mention the healthy creative competition that would ensue!

If you chose not to join in, hopefully our activities will simply inspire you to mix things up and start reconnecting with your inner child. Who knows, maybe we’ll all end up belly laughing at each other’s silly activities. That’ll do me!

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  1. Sam #

    Hi Amy! What a great idea! My husband and I have actually been Alphabet Dating (for about 2 years now haha). We take it in turns to arrange surprise activities about once a month, starting with the letters of the alphabet, in order. We’re up to R now. A highlight: F date (Hub organised) where we got the Ferry to the Fun Fair at Lune Park, ate Frankfurters and Fairy Floss, then went to a French restaurant for dinner. So much FUN! 🙂
    Have fun alphabet playing with your friend! xx

    January 8, 2013
    • Oh Sam, I LOVE the fact you guys throw a whole bunch of activities into the one exercise! That’s great!
      I am so looking forward to getting this going, I seriously think it’s going to be a lot of fun! x

      January 8, 2013
    • Lucy #

      Sam, you’re setting the bar high for us!!! Very impressed with your F adventure…
      Lucy

      January 8, 2013
      • How cool is Sam’s F excursion? She’s seriously setting a bar there!

        January 8, 2013
    • Anita Bentata #

      that is brilliant and I am so going to share this, as a psychotherapist this is such a wonderful idea to share with some clients 🙂 and for me too!

      January 9, 2013
      • Thank you Anita, that is great feedback! I think it is going to be SO much fun. Why don’t you join in? There are 6 pairs of us now doing it. Each month I’ll simply post photos of us doing fun stuff.. I imagine it will be really quite entertaining!

        January 9, 2013
      • Anita Bentata #

        I want to join in, just trying to think of who to do it with?

        January 9, 2013
  2. Lucy #

    Reading that article put a big fat smile on my face! I cant wait for our alphabet adventures to begin! I must confess that this idea came from my (other) dear friend Veronica… I was a special guest to an activity last year which was simply delightful, amusing and soul nourishing all at the same time.
    I have an idea for ‘A’ which I am currently investigating. I look forward to sharing what will be quite ridiculous photo evidence of this adventure in the near future!
    Let the fun begin!!!

    January 8, 2013
    • YAY Luce! Let’s DO this! You are going to crack yourself up Sunday week my friend. Let our inner child’s come out to PLAY! x

      January 8, 2013
  3. holistichealingandcfs #

    I have had the same realisation of not knowing the last time I have truly had a good laugh. It uses so much energy. But the positive effects of having a good ol’ giggle and that human interaction surely outways the physical outcome. I hate coming across as serious! But its hard when your experiencing pain, fatigue etc to force it. Such a great idea Amy!

    January 8, 2013
    • Amy thank you for your lovely response. I can imagine you understand full well. When push comes to shove let’s be honest – during those tough times there isn’t much to laugh about is there – and when the adrenalin and emotion it creates forces a crash it’s best to avoid it. Sad really. It was quite confronting realising (and being told) life had become so serious and ‘un-fun’. I’m glad though that I’ve been encouraged to be really constructive about making positive changes in this area. I am going to sing to the rafters when I experience that side splitting laugh I assure you! x

      January 8, 2013
    • ps Amy I’d so love you to join in! It’d be great to have you on board!

      January 8, 2013
      • holistichealingandcfs #

        I am in! And my sister (who also suffers a form of CFS is keen too.) So do we email you photos? Cool x

        January 8, 2013
      • No way..your sister suffers too?? How does that happen? Has it originated in the same way Amy? Great that you can support each other but far out, that’s cruel! I am STOKED that you are keen to get involved. I think so far there are 5 pairs committing. So all you’ll need to do is email me your photo/s of your alphabet activity/activities and that’s it! Easy as! Great! x

        January 8, 2013
  4. Jaz #

    FAB idea. Sometimes we need a bit of a nudge in the fun department. Count me in!

    January 9, 2013
    • Awesome Jaz! Looking forward to your photo proof – I have a feeling there’ll be belly laughs a plenty in your camp!

      January 9, 2013
  5. holistichealingandcfs #

    Sounds great! Just thinking up ideas. Yes it is a bit harsh. There is definitely some genetic predisposition in my family for immune disorders and I guess we are the canaries in the mineshaft. We are however very different. I guess all sufferers have their own ME/CFS flavour. Hers have been more mild and never really crashed. It has different triggers ie. more emotional, but there are of course some very real physical dysfunctions that show up on tests. No doubt diet, environmental toxins, stress etc were triggers for us both.

    January 9, 2013

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