My teenager (so glad it's over) used to say "because it's FUN. We're just havin FUN" as a response to any inquiries regarding illicit or illegal behavior. A scene that stuck with me forever was the mom at a dance competition years ago, screaming BUT ITS FUN! to her crying, struggling 8 year old shivering in the sequined costume, tears streaming down her little made up face... Of course I know what she meant...but obviously this was not fun.
Part of why my own mom is so miserable these days is probably because nothing seems fun anymore. It's not enough to be alive, wake up and eat and drink and maybe work on a puzzle or look out the window or read the newspaper. Maybe those things were fun once, when there were so many other options available to her on any given day. But not anymore. Nothing is fun now, according to her and who am I to argue? We do see the world quite differently. I've had jobs that were totally fun and ones that were not. I've traveled to places and had a ton of fun, and traveled to others and had a horrible time. I've been to fun parties and (mostly) not fun ones. So, although those experiences are things I would say I like...none of them can be defined as guaranteed fun.
It's just one of those words that tends to mystify me because everybody wants it, strives for it, talks about it. But it is changing all the time, the definition of fun.
I think it's kind of a kids word, fun is. Most little kids possess the ability to have fun more easily or often, I think, than adults. Maybe I'm wrong. It's probably because as adults, we tend to over think and over think and over analyze and re-think things whereas kids may just dive in and enjoy the experience.
What do you think of as fun? I'd seriously love to know.