"There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge." ~ Bertrand Russell
Part of being an adult is being responsible and serious. And let's face it, sometimes it's pretty easy to get caught up in that serious world of obligations.
There are bills to pay and deadlines to meet, it's not hard to get lost in the day to day rat race.
Since I believe life is all about balance - I think everyone needs a little time for themselves to indulge in a guilty pleasure. Why a guilty pleasure? Because unlike admitting on Facebook or Twitter you just ate a whole carton of fudge ripple ice cream...it's a little harder to own your secret addiction to The Bachelor or Survivor. That makes it so much more fun. Your secret indulgence. Just the idea of having that little guilty pleasure is mysterious, it's a secret and it's FUN!
Does anyone really care that you curl up on the couch and haven't missed an episode of Dancing with the Stars since it's debut? Maybe your co-workers will judge you and your choice of how you spend your down time, but what do you care what they think? (They're probably hiding their own guilty pleasure!)
If it makes you happy and refills your well with a little bit of happiness at the end of a long day...GO FOR IT!
Be guilty of eating that ice cream while you watch Billy the Exterminator relocate alligators and raccoons. Put your feet up and root for Barry to finally make some money on his locker in Storage Wars. Maybe you sit in bed with your laptop and play Farmville for hours...haven't you earned the right to an hour of "you-time?"
Most of us work hard, don't get nearly enough vacation time, and juggle kids, cleaning and writing books (and if you don't write books, that's ok too!)...don't we deserve an hour to get lost in something that brings nothing but joy?
Sitting down at the end of a hard day and feeling good? What the heck is wrong with that?
Go ahead and let that joy in. Enjoy your guilty pleasure and think of me when your spoon hits the bottom of the ice cream carton!
My guilty pleasure? Anything with Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr. or Gerard Butler. Or cooking shows for the kitchen-challenged, like me!
May the road you travel be filled with joy and guilty pleasures this week!
*52 Ways to Joy is a weekly post to celebrate the simple ways to bring joy into your life and those around you. It's about the small moments that makes memories and give us all a sense of contentment in the crazy world we live in. If you're joining me here for the first time, by clicking on the label "52WTJ" you can read the previous posts!
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