Adulting Doesn't Mean Losing Your Joy: Why & How to Say Yes to Creating More Joy in Your Life by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt
As adults, we’re told to sacrifice, do what’s right, give up what’s fun – all in the name of responsibility. “Adulting” posts are everywhere on social media. Adulting seems to mean boring, hard, dreadful. Growing up shouldn’t mean losing our joy.
Do we really want children growing up thinking that being an adult means not having fun anymore? What’s the point of all the hurrying, responsibility and busy-ness if we’re lacking joy? I’m declaring 2022 as “The Year of Joy!” If there’s a moment I can choose something joyful, I’m doing it!
I’ll take the longer walk near the water, I’ll leave the house early to sing my entire playlist at the top of my lungs in the car, I’ll smile at a stranger, or, better, strike up a conversation! Let’s change the adulting mantra from “Life Is Hard” to “Life Is Joyful.” Let’s find ways every day to say yes to joy instead of excuses why there’s no time for it in our lives.
Choosing and experiencing joy adds more joy to the world. We can literally affect the world with our joy. Next time you’re feeling selfish for wanting to make a joyful choice, remember – you’re making the world more joyful, too. That’s certainly something to be joyful about!
Here's to a joyful year (and life!).
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I often wonder when I should officially decide to act like a grown up, and at almost 55 yrs young, I have decided NEVER. Yes, i am responsible and take care of my kids, but my spirit is young and I will never stop embracing it!