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Making your own entertainment…do boardgames instantly come to mind?
I like the occasional rousing game of Taboo, and recently played a super fun game called Codenames with my brother and his family. But on the whole, my husband and I are not drawn to boardgames. So when I heard, “make your own entertainment,” during a super inspiring talk about living to transform the world, I thought: shoot. How are we going to do that???
Luckily for me, the friends and community we have been blessed with soon made we realize that making your own entertainment is much more doable than I had thought. There are as many ways to create your own entertainment as there are types of people. Here’s how.
Making Your Own Entertainment
1. Why Bother?
The first thing you want to do is nail down why making your own entertainment matters in the first place. Netflix is easy and fun, why change it up?
Let me share with you why I decided to make the effort.
G.K. Chesterton says, “It is a sign of decadence when we pay for others to fight for us and others to dance for us and others to rule us.” While I wouldn’t hesitate to pay good money to see a live performance of Riverdance, for example, the point is that we are made for action. We are made to be free, to create, to take ownership of our own lives. Too much sitting back and letting others act for us is bad for us, because it doesn’t allow us to live up to the greatness for which we were made.
I’m sure we’ve all experienced that feeling when we spend too much time being passively entertained, whether it’s through Instagram, YouTube, Netflix, or whatever. But we constantly seek that entertainment!
It takes a little intentionality to make a change.
Honestly, my family gets some real good laughs from Jimmy Fallon, and we enjoy a solid movie night on occasion. I think that’s good. What isn’t good is when we start automatically eating supper on the couch and scrolling through Netflix. It’s soul sucking.
This is why the call the make my own entertainment resonated with me. Take some time to think about why you want to make a change, too.
2. Invite Friends Over to Your Home
I was stoked when I realized that this is the simplest way to make my own entertainment. I have amazing friends, and we can all entertain each other!
It can be fun to go out for dinner, but getting together in someone’s home is cozier, and gives more opportunities to create and be active.
If you aren’t able to cook a whole meal for everyone, do a potluck. One of my good friends used to come over and we would cook together. My husband would set the table beautifully with a candle, cloth napkins, and the prettiest dishes, and then we would eat together, talking and laughing for hours.
3. Explore Your Talents
Growing up, our family and extended family was very musical. We spent many evenings together, sometimes just one person playing the guitar in the background, sometimes everyone playing all sorts of instruments all together, and singing.
Some of my favorite memories from high school and college involve guitars and bonfires and friends.
Music is only one of many talents that can be shared as entertainment. I believe that any talent, when shared, constitutes entertainment. Bake together, paint together, play basketball together. Whatever you love to do, do with others, and laugh. That’s the best entertainment!
4. Get Involved In the Community
Some communities have tons of fun things to do. We’ve been to poetry readings where anyone could participate, concerts given by local musicians, plays put on by the high school, and dances with live music performed by our friends.
If your community doesn’t have anything that seems fun to you, put it on yourself. My sister’s friend put on a live game of Clue. Another woman I know hosted an open mic night in her house.
Sometimes it feels easier just to stay home and relax, especially after a long day or week, but I’ve never regretted an evening spent enjoying community-grown entertainment.
5. Change It Up for the Seasons
Summertime is perfect for backyard soccer games or beach bonfires. When it gets chillier, move your jam sessions inside. Make this another way to live in harmony with the seasons!
How do you create entertainment with your friends and family? Let me know in the comments. 🙂