Adulting Doesn't Mean Losing Your Joy: Say Yes to Creating More Joy in Your Life by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt

a year ago

Adulting Doesn't Mean Losing Your Joy: Say Yes to Creating More Joy in Your Life

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 2023 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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Ann Marie Patitucci
Oh, how I love this, Michelle Nelson-Schmidt ! What a perfect perspective to take into 2018. Thanks for sharing it with us. Welcome to the tribe!
Michelle Nelson-Schmidt
So thrilled to be a part of this Tribe! Definitely feels like I’ve found my people here! Thank you for inviting me here!
Ann Marie Patitucci
You're very welcome. We're lucky to have you. And these (we) are definitely your people. :)
Elisa Schmitz
YES! I absolutely love this, Michelle Nelson-Schmidt ! What a wonderful, joyful first post. Exactly what we all need to hear right now. Welcome to our #30Seconds tribe. So excited to learn and grow with you. Happy New Year, chica! :-)
Michelle Nelson-Schmidt
Thrilled to be here! And looking forward to making myself at home here and learning from all of YOU! What a BRILLIANT site!
Mike Prochaska
Love this!!! Play matters for adults too
Mike Prochaska
Can’t say how much love This with word! #bemoreawesome #playmatters
Michelle Nelson-Schmidt
RIGHT?!?! Hashtag YES! #Bemoreawesome
Marianne Clyde
It's a very welcoming group and you are indeed welcome ;-)
Michelle Nelson-Schmidt
Thank you! I feel so lucky to be here now! ❤️
Mike Prochaska
Love this tip!! This tip can bet my slide tip!! #playmatters
Michelle Nelson-Schmidt
Go, Little Tip, go!! (Your slide tip is AMAZEBALLS!)
Martha Garcia-Wegener
Joy is my word for 2018! I love the perspective of not feeling guilty to experience joy since we're doing the world a favor! I'm searching for my joy in 2018!
Bill James
No idea if Science backs up my hunch, but I have a sneaking suspicion that those that live by this mantra, live a little longer as a result... :-)
Michelle Nelson-Schmidt
I hope you’re right! And even if it doesn’t add to quantity, it surely improves quality! ❤️
Gwen Johnson
Adulting! I am still learning how to do that myself. Wishing everyone a joyful 2018!
Angie Saldana
I said the same thing this year. Even though it gets hard to do, I do feel better for at least trying to keep up my joy!
Terri Kendrick
Totally agree! I choose silly over serious any day! I've always loved the Picasso quote: "Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once they grow up."
Erin Musto
Simple and joyful... I am working on it.
Noreen Braman
This is still great advice as we enter 2019! My motto is "Don't go gently, go laughing!"
I used to have fear of growing up, I wanted to stay young and beautiful (like Lana sings) forever. But then I understood that age doesn't really matter if you are young in your soul and spirit.
Dawn Taylor
Great tip!
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!

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