Life is really serious but not boring

Some people might argue that life is really serious and boring and it may sound that they have a valid point, but I don’t think that’s entirely true. Yes, growing up comes with all the responsibilities of adulthood, with all the good and bad memories formed from failed relationships, with choices like saying “No” to that mate who is always begging you to go to the pub or the hippest club in town because you’d rather read a good book or chat to your imaginary girlfriend in the Netherlands or Sweden online and with the curse of the alarm clock that goes off at 6 AM every weekday morning and reminds you to go to work. So yes, life is really serious, but it’s not boring at all, let me tell you why.

Embrace Your Reality

I have to admit that I went through a strange phase in my early thirties about three years ago. I was constantly reminding myself to calm down and take things a little slower than I did in my 20’s. I had a steady girlfriend, Running Wolf’s Rant was starting to get more popular and I was starting to enjoying the finer things in life (like the large Miss Piggy pizza at Dros and 3D movies at Cresta).

Then I got dumped 2 days before me and my then girlfriend were supposed to leave for STRAB festival in Mozambique. This unfortunate occurrence prompted me to re-evaluate my life.

Beer on TableAfter spending some very boring Fridays and Saturdays at home I finally made a decision. I wasn’t going to be what society says an over 30 year old person should be. I was going to go out there and going to enjoy life, experience things and meet interesting people.

So, I started going to Aandklas again, organized Tweetups to meet all the cool Pretoria Twitterati, went to more and more live shows, starting blogging more aggressively in my spare time – basically embracing life and forgetting about the boredom.

This decision was one of the best ones that I made in my life. I met @BaasDeBeer and other peeps from Twitter who have now become some of my best friends.

I’ve re-connected with the SA Music fan base and made a lot of new friends who love having a good time, I’ve re-discovered how awesome discovering new bands is, I’ve rediscovered with my love for photography and partying like a rockstar and I’ve met a lot of people who are actively involved in the SA Music industry.

I’ve also discovered how much I love going to music festivals (like Oppikoppi, RAMFest, STRAB, Mieliepop and Synergy Live) and concerts (like Park Acoustics and Old Mutual Music in the Gardens) and I’ve learned that you can still go out on a school night and that life doesn’t have to be boring when you’re over 30. I’m of the opinion that life actually begins at 30, don’t believe what ANYONE else tells you.

The only downside is that the hang overs get worse as you get older and that you find out that the joints that allowed you to bend your body a certain way when you were 18 years old get worn out or don’t work as well as they used to, nothing major.

So, there you have it Life is really serious but it’s definitely not boring. Whenever you think that it’s boring read the above story again or just take a look at the picture below and give me a virtual high five.

Life is Really Serious and Miserable

What do you think? Are you going to give me a virtual high five or are you going to tell me that I have it completely wrong? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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Henno Kruger
Blogger, Desktop Activist, Twitter / Facebook Addict, Music Festival Addict, Avid lover of South African music, Founder and owner of Running Wolf's Rant and co-founder of SA Music Zone
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  • Lekker post bro…
    Just one thing: You have an imaginary Swedish girlfriend? Does she have an imaginary sister for me?

  • Adri

    Today is my birthday … and let me just say: with everything I’ve been through I, instead of being mid 20’s, should actually be mid 30’s old.
    In a nutshell: I’ve been clinically dead (car accident), Married and divorced, emotional/physical & domestic abuse, full-time single working mom/maid/gardener/mechanic/nurse/facilities & asset manager. And here’s what I have learned about life…
    1. The moment you do not want to be where you are now, you will not be.
    2. Learn to forgive but be careful what you forget.
    3a. Take 10 minutes each day to meditate in silence and about “happy things”.
    3b. If you do not have time for 3a. you should do it for an hour every day!
    4. Do not dream of things. Day dream; yes (which is actually 3a) but wake up and DO it instead of
    dreaming your life away.
    5. Look after yourself, cause if you can’t, no one else will.
    Aspartame and Fluoride in your water and food kills your brain.
    Ammonia, formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, dicholorobenzene in your household goods leave
    old feel and look of your time.
    Sodium lauryl & laureth sulfates in your shampoo dandruff and hair fall.
    Oxybenzone & Dioxybenzone Sunscreen leave your skin shit.
    6. Whatever other people do, say, and think is NOTHING of your business.
    7. Do not sweat the small stuff, question everything, keep it simple even if you have to brake the bigger
    things up into small lists and tick off every one as you go along (which will give you a sense of
    accomplishment and it’s super liberating)
    8. Up routine at least once a week.
    9. Do things that scare you.
    10. If you are honest, you wont have to remember anything.

    Some people might argue that life is really serious and boring and it may sound that they have a valid point, but I don’t think that’s entirely true (see point 6).

    It’s YOUR life, live it right, live it ethically, live it for yourself.
    Virtual high five!