What is YOUR idea of fun?


Amusant, diversion, zabawa, menyeronokkan- these are just some of the versions of the word “fun“. As this word has various equivalents in other languages, the idea of fun also differs from person to person depending one’s own interpretation.

In younger years, we take fun as a product of an activity such as playing along with our Lenovo computer or watching our favorite cartoon series. Under normal circumstances, a person at an early age possesses this kind of idea of fun in mind. In this particular level, we could therefore say that fun is tantamount to entertainment or recreation.

“Going to school is fun”.This statement is something that does not normally come out from the mouths of the younger ones. It is an evidence that as we grow older, we may have new sets of perceptions regarding fun as we tend to acquire deeper or further understanding about this seemingly simple yet complex term. We explore a certain stage where we learn to appreciate acquisition of knowledge. As a result of such appreciation, we claim that we experience fun.

In certain cases, fun is experienced by a being when encountering situations where another person is faced with slightly or extremely embarrassing moments which normally takes place when one isn’t careful enough with what he does or says. While it is true that this scenario may result to an outburst of ecstatic emotions from others, it may not be enjoyable for some. Sometimes, a joke that is being cracked will also result to a feeling of fun. By this, we may assume that the feeling of fun is a direct product of an intentional or unintentional turn of events that create surprises.

As part of our lives, we have certain activities which we love to do and we call them our hobbies. One may love to shop, to play any sports or to go to movies. These activities bring about a positive feeling to the ones who are fond of doing such. Sometimes, an individual may do all sort of things just to do what he repeatedly does because it is by fulfilling those acts that he gets contentment. It is for this reason that many people say, “shopping is fun” or “playing volleyball is fun”. This is just a clear indication that the idea of fun is sometimes brought about by the satisfaction of one’s hobbies.

Sometimes, fun is dependent upon one’s mood. Even if the person is doing his routine, given something or faced with relatively funny situations, that person may not feel the spirit of fun if not in a pleasant mood. However, in times where one’s mood is positive, it would be easy to welcome fun.

One may equate fun with enjoyment, frolic, amusement, pleasure and many other terms according to perception. Do you have the same idea of fun?

Photo: Computer - Tim Morgan

Edited: July 15th, 2011