I’ve been listening to the new season of The Lively Show, and while I don’t particularly vibe with her voice and cadence during the channeling episodes, I do like some of the wisdom that comes through! On the most recent episode, one of the questions she shares is, “What’s the most fun thing I could do right now?”
Obviously my mind has all sorts of resistance to this question. It worries that if we all did what was fun all the time, we’d never do anything important. The garbage wouldn’t get taken out (ew not fun!), we’d abandon our responsibilities and probably stop exercising altogether (just me?).
It also has some seriously dangerous tones of white supremacy for me – can a new immigrant just do what seems fun all the time? Can a refugee? The fact that Jess Lively can is a fact that is inextricably linked to her white privilege and coloured by the fact that she was already very financially successful when she started down the path of spending all her time getting into alignment in this way.
All of that being said, I still think it’s a good prompt to carry with us, even if we can’t act on it all of the time. I for one feel like I am constantly in danger of taking my routines to their extremes and not leaving any room for joy and fun in my life. If I’m not careful, my days can become very utilitarian and regimented. I want to leave room for fun, but then I start trying to schedule in fun or force fun, which of course are not fun at all.
Instead, I like that this prompt asks us to check in right now. Not later today or next week, but now. In this moment, perhaps I do have a choice to do something that feels fun, or comforting, or gentle, or exciting.
And on that note, I’m going to go format a spreadsheet. I know, I know, but it feels fun right now! ;)