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10 Reasons You Need to Visit a Water Park This Summer

10 Reasons You Need to Visit a Water Park This Summer

I just got back from a water park. Holy smokes what a day!

What makes it even better is that I should have been at work. You might be wondering, what good reason does an adult have to be at a water park on a weekday?

I’ll give you 10 good reasons.

1. You’re in a state of childlike happiness.

When did we become so serious?

Why is it more fun to discuss politics at an expensive restaurant than to go on a water slide? Kids are smart. They know what is fun and they know how to be happy. A water park is the ideal place to learn from the best.

Stop being such an adult. Grab a rubber ring and head for the biggest, baddest slide you can find.

2. You’re freed from your work clothes.

Suits suck.

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There, I said it. It doesn’t matter if your suit’s from Walmart or Savile Row. A bathing suit is always more comfortable—and you can get it wet.

Isn’t it nice to get drenched and not have to worry?

3. You let go of your inhibitions.

You are never more real than when you’re hurtling down a super-steep water slide.

You can’t not be yourself. It feels great.

4. You can scream your head off.

On the scariest slides, you probably feel like screaming.

It’s okay. You can. Nobody will think you’re weird.

Find the steepest slide you can, feel the drop and start yelling.

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5. At last, you win the water slide race.

Almost every water park has the slide were 5–10 people can race at once—and it’s always the heaviest kid who wins.

But now, you’re an adult. You are the heavy kid. You absolutely decimate the opposition.

6. You get soaked—and it doesn’t matter.

How often do you really feel the thrill of being drenched from head to toe?

Sure, you take showers, but that’s not the same. When it rains, we open an umbrella. When we see a puddle, we walk around it.

At a water park, it’s your mission to get soaked.

7. You realize your problems aren’t that big of a deal.

Before you go to a water park, it’s natural to feel too busy for it.

“Oh I have too much to do,” you say. “I haven’t time for such childish things.”

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Please ignore those voices and go anyway. You have so much fun that you realize just how unimportant most of your problems are.

8. You come home exhausted—really exhausted.

You were having so much fun that you forgot you were tired and hungry.

After a trip to a water park, all you can do is sit on the couch and crash.

It’s a good feeling. The next day you feel completely refreshed.

9. You have absolute, undisturbed fun with your family.

A water park isn’t real life. This is 100% pure fantasy.

And that means nothing can get in the way of you having fun. No phone calls. No emails. Nothing.

You get to spend the entire day with your family undisturbed.

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10. You’re better equipped to deal with adult life again.

If you want to solve problems, it’s essential that you stay positive.

Water parks make you happy. Nothing boosts your mood faster, and that means you’re more effective in the morning.

Do you know someone who seriously needs to visit a water park?

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do. Everyone can benefit from a day at a water park.

So please share this article. We adults need an extra nudge.

Featured photo credit: zsoravecz via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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