Why It’s Ok To Let Yourself Have Fun

Have you ever opened your eyes in the morning and just wished it was tomorrow already? Have you ever wished it was just next year already?

I’m not trying to be depressing or overly-dramatic but let’s be honest, when you’re down in the dumps, then you are down in the dumps. As a post-grad going into my fourth or fifth month of unemployment, sitting around continuously getting those “we’ve decided to pursue another candidate with more experience…” emails, it gets kind of hard to stay motivated.

How do we pull ourselves up when we have no motivation?

Remind yourself what a good time feels like.

I’ve always been the kind of person who felt like I had to earn my fun. So for the past couple of months, since I haven’t been working, I’ve kind of felt like I haven’t earned it. If friends invite me out to do things, I usually say I can’t, but usually, it’s that I won’t. I don’t feel comfortable asking my mom for money to drive out with friends and hit up a local bar. That to me actually feels incredibly defeating and dare I say it – a little pathetic.

But this weekend was different. It was labor day, and I felt like I had to do something. My plan was to drive down to Austin with my cousin and hit up free museums or outdoor concerts, but her job called her in at the last minute. However Sunday, the big Central Texas State Fair was in town, and it seemed like the perfect time to spend time with my family, while doing something I hadn’t done in while – enjoy myself.


We hit up the PBR Tour first, and while I expected myself to be a little squeamish seeing men bucked around on top of a bull, it was actually an exhilarating thing to watch. I didn’t expect myself to laugh as much as I did either. That was definitely an interesting first experience and I’m glad I got to see it with my family.

After, we planned to go straight home seeing as we’re a family who sleeps as early as 9:00 pm, but one of my cousins was staying for the Cody Johnson concert afterwords and asked if my sister and I wanted to stay.

Huge thanks to my cousin for buying me a few drinks and even a Cody Johnson koozie, and driving us home afterwords. I knew who Cody Johnson was, but admittedly didn’t know any of his songs, but that was probably what made the experience so great.


I was standing in a huge crowd who was singing along with his songs and I loved every single one. I swayed and danced, raised my drink in the air and hollered along with everyone else. It felt damn nice to remember what it was like to have energy pulsing through you, allowing you to be completely comfortable in that moment, and knowing it was something you were going to remember for the rest of your life.

The result of a fun few hours is a rejuvenated sense of motivation. It’s hard to keep living life when you can’t remember when was the last time you actually lived life. So go ahead and allow yourself that pleasure, after all…

“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” – Eddie Cantor

Have fun, ya’ll!


A Fellow Human



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