Saturday, October 11, 2008

Some People Are No Fun

Ever stop yourself from being silly? Maybe you really want to ride that scooter around the toy store, conduct a Chinese Fire Drill at the intersection or turn up the volume on a stereo at Best Buy and dance wildly? Was your reason for not doing it, because someone might see you or worse see you and pass judgement on you? Maybe that judgement will be in the form of a silent, dirty look or a not so silent comment.

Those turned up noses that use to only belong to your elders, now belong to your peers and younger, as well. When did we lose our inner child and why? Surely we can be counted on to be responsible and maintain some silliness. Is silliness or goofiness synonymous with irresponsibility? If you enjoy acting out a movie scene in the party supply stores costume isle, are you going to forget your kids at the store? Does it mean your not capable of paying your bills on time or remembering to maintenance your car? Where's the data to support that?

In one of my favorite movies, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, Molly, played by Natalie Portman, asks Mutant (Jason Bateman), if he is one of those "just" guys. What she is asking him, is if he is someone that doesn't see the beauty and magic all around them. The world is full of "just" people that can't or care not to see the magic all around them. It's just a flower, just a bench or just a (insert whatever). These "just" people are the ones that make you feel uneasy about being silly. They have no imagination and are so serious about everything. They are so wrapped up in work, stress or responsibility.

I found a series of books many years back that I thought were fantastic, I still do. They are by a woman that goes by the name of Sark. If your feeling down or suffering a creative block this is the go to author to get your mojo back. I know a lot of people that could benefit from some silliness in their lives. Sarks books can help you unlock that light hearted, silly, artistic child in you. The one that didn't have to go anywhere, because you got older and now have a mortgage or a car note. Isn't adulthood, with all it's responsibilities, the exact time in our lives in need the most of laughter, silliness and adventure? I'm not an expert, even though I pretend to be one, but wouldn't there be less unhappy, stressed people, if we didn't lock away the innocent carefree part of our soul that let's us be creative.

I'm always drawn to the light hearted, whimsical craft blogs. The type of blogs where glitter and innocents take center stage. Thanks Pea Coats & Party Hats, Captured Jar Fairies and the rest of you for inspiring me to not throw out my glitter, but instead to use it and try to be more creative. I'll confuse a few of my "just" friends when I tell them I'm making my own jar fairy. They would never see the silly fun in making one.


The Polka Dot Pixie said...

This is a wonderful post! Almost everything I make is silly...totally non functional, but cheaper than therapy! :-)
Thanks so much for the visit and good wishes ((((hugs)))) Jenny

eve cleveland said...

Well, Girl...
You are just as cute as a button. I found you from Jamies' BC page. Thanks for starting my day off right.

Deb said...

Thank you! I've been saying this for years! In 99% of the situations thrown at us in life, there is something funny/lighthearted to made about it.

People just need to LIGHTEN UP!

PS: Keep an eye on Eve above me...she's sweet, but it's all a facade.

Vicki said...

Thanks for your comment on my post today. I like being silly and goofy, but there seems to be so much that's taking that away. I've never thought about being deliberate about being silly, but maybe that's what I need.

I'm enjoying your posts! We seem to have similar tastes and viewpoints. I'm shocked, actually, no I'm not, about how nasty people can get during this election. To leave snide comments on your Obama post, and to leave them anonymously is lame. I fear and dread the socialism we're going to be forced into if he's elected. What I'm wondering is how long it will take for people's eyes to be opened. I don't do this normally, but I'm going to be shouting "I told you so" at the top of my lungs.

Anyway, off to do my obligatory duties...with a tinge of silliness thrown in. Thanks again!