I was getting ready to do a presentation in graduate school on something I was passionate about. (Reading aloud to children) I was so anxious about the presentation I had made myself sick over it. I was an older student and was struggling to fit in with the sharp young adults, keep up with the new technology, time commitments, and wondering if I had a brain anymore, etc. While we waited to enter the classroom, a colleague asked about my project, clearly seeing my angst. I could feel my heart beating as I explained what I would present and displayed my insecurity. He looked at me and said, “Just have fun with it.” Literally I felt struck inside. ‘Jen! This is your philosophy and has been forever.’ I realized this was the reason why I was standing there in the first place. I went to graduate school for the “fun” of learning.
I try to spin the world so that there is a light happy feel to the present moment. Having fun with it is my way of taking the regular things in life and using my creative spirit to change it up a bit. I learned at a very young age that we can shape and mold the very atmosphere in which we live. I have chosen to make the weather around me sunny as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, an artist, a writer, and even while facing life’s really tough challenges.
That is how I want to live in this world. So get out some crayons, put on your most comfy shoes, pull out your inner child, don’t worry about the little messes, and have fun with it!