Fall Fast Fun

by | Oct 7, 2022 | Things To Know

In the timeless melody of John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Jack & Diane,” the plea to “hold onto sixteen as long as you can” resonates with that young couple and anyone willing to embrace the joy of life as it unfolds.

As responsibilities pile up with age, we often find it challenging to remain present and simply enjoy the essence of being alive. Nevertheless, if we were to ask centenarians, we would likely discover that finding joy in the little things each day brings contentment, whether it’s the chirping of a bird, caring for a plant, or even relishing a shot of Bourbon.

From a tender age, we understand that summer embodies freedom. It’s a time for sleeping in, riding bikes or skateboards all day, and chasing fireflies under the night sky. Summer signifies an annual reset, reminding us that life isn’t solely about school or work; it’s about fun and play too.


Why not carry the lessons of those summer weeks into the rest of the year? Just as we retain knowledge from one school year to the next or one work assignment to another, let’s discipline ourselves to hold on to the insights gained during moments of leisure. Are the lessons learned through play any less valuable than those acquired through toil?

Even as summer fades, don’t abandon the pursuit of fun. The weekends, the intervals between classes, and the evenings all present opportunities for joy throughout the year.

Every moment offers a chance to seize the day. As Special Agent Dale Cooper advises Sheriff Harry S. Truman in Twin Peaks, “Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it, just let it happen.” Embrace those delightful moments of detachment that appear throughout the day, indulging in things you enjoy. By doing so, you may find greater pleasure in the tasks you must undertake. Life becomes a harmonious balance of work and play, brimming with joy.

So, dance and sing along to your favorite song, take that leisurely stroll around the block, or relish the thrill of racing in an Italian-made, Formula 1-inspired pro-kart, reaching exhilarating speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. Embrace the present moment, for it is truly yours to cherish.

Carry the spirit of summer with you throughout the year, making every day a celebration of life’s simple pleasures.

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