Why is it that when you get older, you stop doing the things you love to do the most?
I've noticed that people can find any excuse for why they aren't out having fun. They have to work, or college kids have to study, or they have to go out and buy groceries, so on and so forth.
Now, I'm not naive I understand that in life we all have priorities. We have to work. Some of us have to go to college. We have to put food on the table. But every now and again, we all need a little bit of a break.
Otherwise we forget why we are working in the first place and that's to have a life.
The other day my friends were sitting around on a Sunday afternoon with NOTHING to do.
We could have spent the afternoon studying, but let's be honest, we wanted to have a little bit of fun.
"What did we use to do for fun before we went to college?" Brittany asked.
We all started laughing hysterically reminiscing of the fun games we used to play as children.
Light Brite, Battleship, Twister, kick the can and red-rover-red-rover. The list went on and on.
After we finished our chat about Polly Pockets and Cabbage Patch dolls we finally came up with an idea.
"Let's do a photo scavenger hunt!" Amanda suggested.
Okay, so maybe it is a little childish it, but let me tell you, it was a blast.
We quickly came up with a list of 25 places we had to go and take pictures of.
An NMU football player
A picture in a shopping cart in the Walmart Parking lot
A man in Uniform
A group photo next to Lake Superior (one foot must be in the water)
A picture of someone eating a French Fry.
Take a picture of a team member pumping a strangers gas.
We next drew numbers and divided up into two teams. Then the race was on. We had one hour to get to all the destinations and back to my apartment.
The team that made it back first with all the pictures taken was considered the winner.
For the next hour, ten girls went running around Marquette taking pictures with random strangers doing random things and I'll be the first to admit I had the time of my life.
I'm also happy to report that my team made it back first! I think I owe the credit to Amanda's driving.
Afterwards we all sat around and shared stories about our hunt.
It was the most fun I have had in a long time. I would like to think it was because, we were acting like we were little kids again.
I know daily life is stressful and sometimes at the end of the day, all you want to do is sit on the couch and exhale.
Being an adult may mean putting on that business suit and shaking a lot of hands, all the while being completely professional.
But just remember, that it's alright, for every once in a while, to kick off our shoes and to not act our age.
You would be amazed at how much fun it can be.
Editor's note: Chelsey Roath is a student at Northern Michigan University. Her weekly column on college life in Marquette runs on Sundays. Her e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.