Have fun and be cheerful!

Cheerful Heart

Don’t be afraid to have fun and be cheerful. I married a man who rides shopping carts like he’s on a dog sled. This used to embarrass me. It also used to worry me. I was afraid he was going to run into a car, or tip the cart and get hurt. (Note to self: I’m not my husband’s mother.) Then one day, another couple laughed about him riding the cart, and it changed my heart. I realized I needed to loosen up. He was just having fun. He was. I wasn’t. So I changed that.

Now, I am behind him helping push and smiling, instead of scowling. Some people smile and laugh about it. Others may shake their head. I don’t really care what anyone watching thinks about it anymore. It’s just my husband and me having some fun.

I’m sitting here now wondering how I even got to the point where I didn’t find it to be funny. When did I become afraid of having fun? I had fun with friends in high school. We drew attention when we went places and acted silly. So what changed? Why did I become boring?

I think I know the answer. I got married. I think when we got married I felt like we were supposed to start acting like grown-ups. We had to act responsible now.  I had become too serious, and I wasn’t very cheerful anymore.

Well, good gracious! Being a grown-up doesn’t mean you can’t be funny anymore. Being responsible doesn’t mean you have to be “a stick in the mud” either.

The girl I am today can hardly believe I let myself become so serious and boring. This girl now sings and dances again – at work, in stores, and around the house with my hubby. Life is so much more fun when you actually let yourself be fun.

We were not put on this Earth to walk around hum drum and boring all the time.

So sing! Dance! Laugh!

Spread cheerfulness! It’s good for the soul.

Do something brave, and have fun this week. I dare you!

XOXO

-Ash

Author: Ashley

Midwest girl. Enjoying life with my husband.