All too often, the healing work for dissociative trauma survivors is so very heavy, and filled full of pain, heartbreak, struggles, anguish, horrors, fears, conflict, etc.
Too many days can too easily feel like the healing process is far too difficult to be worth it.
When it feels like that, it is really important to remember to take a few breaks from the hard stuff, and to save room for fun. It’s like recognizing the “stop and smell the roses” idea. Only for this, it’s about stopping to have some good times, or at least decent times, along the way.
Besides, all work and no play is just no fun!
And your inside kids, like all children, need time to play, and to laugh, and to enjoy life too. And kids, even if your adults don’t realize it, they need time to play, and laugh, and smile, and to relax from all the stress they feel too.
So….. are you all ready to do something fun? I know I am!
In honor of not having enough fun moments in our lives, I’ve decided to make a blog post dedicated to just fun things. Just fun stuff! No hard stuff. No icky stuff. Just FUN stuff!
And I would like your help to complete it.
Here’s what I have in mind.
I’m including some pictures in this blog that, for me, represent fun, good times, pleasant memories, and happy moments. I hope some of these pictures bring a smile to your face.
I also want to invite you to send in pictures that represent those same kinds of feelings for you.
If you can post your pictures directly in your comment, that’s great. (Being technically challenged, I am not sure if that can be done or not.) Not to worry – I have a back-up plan in mind. If the comment option does not allow for pictures to be shown in the comments, please feel free to email your pictures to me, along with any comments / explanatory notes that you would like attached to your pictures, and then I’ll post them in a separate blog article format.
Then we can all share in the fun stuff, which makes fun even more fun!
Please be sure that any pictures you send completely pass the “Just for FUN!” (a good, safe, happy kind of fun) project idea.
Please note: If anyone sends in spooky pictures, I’m not going to post them – because there is typically some not so funny someone who wants to spoil the fun – but for this exercise, no spookiness is allowed. And yes, I get to be the judge on what looks too spooky and what doesn’t.
Yes, you can send in more than one picture if you would like to.
*** Please be sure that you have the rights to send in / have posted whatever picture you send. If it specifically belongs to someone else, please don’t send it in as if it is yours. Also, please don’t include pictures of other people that may not want their picture posted on a blog. I am not interested in getting any kind of fussing going on. So please, only send in pictures that are not a violation to anyone else, please and thank you. ***
The first two pictures I am including in this “Just for Fun!” Project were sent to me via email that was circulating around all over the place. I don’t know who the photographer is, but they did a great job creating such fun pictures.
How can you not smile when you see these beautiful little duckies in this picture?
And what a creative, fun picture this is! Do you think it is real? Or has it been photo-shopped? Can an elephant really sit up on his bum?
Either way, it’s a great picture of an elephant having all kinds of fun.
And now, on a more personal level, here’s a picture of Emma, trying to sit comfortably on a pillow.
I don’t know if she is comfy or not.
What do you think?
And last but not least, here is a picture of me with a cute little piggy I saw a few weeks ago.
This little piggy was only two months old, very tiny for a pig, but super fast and brimming full of energy.
Absolutely darling, he was barely taller than my ankles, and one-third the size of Emma the puggy. He would race around his little area, zipping here, zipping there, making all kinds of funny piggy noises.
I giggled and giggled as I watched him run, and heard him snort in all kinds of funny ways. This little pig was simply the highlight of that morning, so I just had to include him today as a fond memory of a good time.
What kinds of fun pictures do you have that bring a smile to your face?
I’m looking forward to seeing them!
Happy smiles to you. 🙂 😆 😀
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::dolphin no? bummer 🙁
I have tried copy and paste, then read the ‘how to’ on Google. The way for us to upload images on comments comes from a plug-in that the website installs.
On another, but similar, note; I can make a smile emoji 🙂 but don’t know how to do anything more. I saw you (Kathy) post a dolphin somewhere around here and was just wondering how, so maybe we can get in on a little of that fun. :dolphin test test 🙂
Kathy Broady MSW says
Kennedy, I’m using the emoji’s on my laptop. It’s an Apple product. I don’t know if other laptops or computers or phones can do that as well, but that’s how I found the extra emoji options. So fun. 🙂
🐠 🐬 🎵 🦒 🦆 🦄 🥁 🙋 🐥 ⭐️
we be on our ipad. we just use the emoji keyboard from there. same one we use for emails and stuff.
here be our favrites
I want a pig. I am Jewish and don’t eat pork, so it would be happy. But, there are three dogs and two guineas in the house. And anyway I also want a monkey.
I think we don’t know how to have fun. I wish others would post more pictures that are fun things to do. We need to learn how to play.
The elephant picture is from the Jungle Cruise ride at disneyland. So, real picture, but with an animatronic elephant. One of my favorite. Thank you.
Kathy Broady says
Thanks, balisana –
And welcome to the Discussing Dissociation blog.
A few people have recognized this elephant as one from the Jungle Cruise ride. I just know the picture makes me smile. 🙂
I’m glad you enjoy it too. 🙂
I don’t know how to put my pictures up. I have a picture of my dog who makes me happy and a picture of cake which makes us all happy.
I am going to try and e mail them to you Kathy.
Kathy Broady says
oompaa — I’m posting the link you sent, but I can’t get the picture to load.
Can anyone else get this link to work?
If not, oompaa, can you send it to me in a different way, please and thank you?
I don’t know how to put in pictures either… copy n paste isn’t working. I have a cute birdy i painted and a pic of a lambkin i took… I guess I will email them.