The Definition of Fun

This past weekend, I was hanging out with some friends, and some how the question of “What does fun mean to you?” came up. It really came up, because I was ready to go home, and go to bed, because I had workouts I wanted to get in the next day, and then a few people gave me a hard time. Over and over again, I have seen this question of “What is fun?” come up. Not just with me, but with everyone.

The definition of fun per Webster’s Dictionary:

1. Activities that are enjoyable or amusing

2. Violent and excited activity

3. a disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement

4. verbal wit or mockery (often at another’s expense but not to be taken seriously)

Let’s focus on definition numero uno, for the purpose of this blog post.

While the four of us were sitting around this table, I asked each person what their definition of fun was:

Person #1: hanging out and being surrounded by people that I like being around

Person #2: participating in activities with people that I like being around

Person #3: pretty much the combination of the two above

Person #4: the same as the above, BUT, challenge and competition were thrown in there.

This really got me thinking, because somehow the United States definition of “fun”, one could argue, is socializing/partying. Seriously, the vast majority think that if you aren’t partying then you aren’t fun. Now, if you ask me, I love to have a glass or two of wine or mimosas, or have a beer during a football game. I even sometimes like to stay up all night into the wee hours of the morning, if I’m out with friends dancing, or sitting around a campfire telling stories, and talking about life. BUT, I also like to go for a swim, bike, run with friends. I like the feeling of being productive. I LOVE getting a good night’s rest. And so, my definition of fun, is really doing what I like to do and participating in activities that I find enjoyable, and that can sometimes include other people, and sometimes I think it’s “fun” to go for a walk along the beach solo, or read a book, etc.

I think the idea of the triathlon world is that we are all crazy folk, who like to wake up early to workout, and we workout all day, and we are regimented, Type A, individuals, yada yada yada. And for a lot of people this is not their idea of fun. Totally fine. But, if we take the definition of numero uno, shouldn’t we all just be doing activities that we enjoy and that are amusing? So, if you like to drink until the sun comes up, go for it. If you like to ski all day, go for it. If you like to sit on your bike for 6hrs go for it. Do what you love, and enjoy. Do what makes you happy 🙂

Ultimately, what I realized in this conversation is, we all really have the same definition of fun, but we all have different activities that we think are fun. If I listed out all the different activities that I thought were fun, the list would be a mile long, so I’ll spare you all from reading that list, instead I’ll just leave you with:

What is your definition of FUN? AND, what activities do YOU think are fun?

  • Isn’t it crazy? I’m slowly filling my circle of friends with people who find the same things fun just like me!

  • I love this post – what I’ve found too is that my circle of friends has evolved over time to be more people who have the same definition of fun as I do. And I’m with you, the definition of what I find fun can change depending on the day. But what definitely is not fun for me is a handover!