Have you heard of the types of fun? It really resonated with me when I read about type 2 fun:
“Type 2 fun is miserable while it’s happening, but fun in retrospect. It usually begins with the best intentions, and then things get carried away. Riding your bicycle across the country. Doing an ultramarathon. Working out till you puke, and, usually, ice and alpine climbing.” SOURCE
Some people go on vacation to relax, sit by the pool and come home relaxed.
We often some home from a trip completely spent because we have packed our schedule with as much adventure as possible.
I wouldn’t classify our fun seeking as “miserable while it’s happening” but sometimes challenging, uncomfortable or exhausting. Does that make it type 1.5 fun?
Sometimes it makes for tired, hot kids on long days exploring Mayan Ruins or cold tops of Mountains after a too early morning. But in the end it’s all worth it to have memories we will all keep forever. Usually it just takes some ice cream or afternoon coffee to get us all feeling like this type 2 fun seeking is all worth it.
*Just a note on type 2 fun seeking with kids, the more you do it the easier it gets! Now our kids are all in on the crazy adventures even when they start at 4 am.
What type of fun seeker are you?