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If you haven’t seen the 80’s cult classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off it might be time. Or you could just ask someone else about it so you get the idea behind my message. Although I suspect it will be clear one way or the other by the time you are done reading.
So often we work long hours, we let ourselves get busy, we get overwhelmed by family or social obligations and life gets unbearably monotonous and grinding. Finding your Inner Ferris Bueller is about becoming aware of what is happening and making a choice for it to be different. And yes, the only person who can work out the mess you are in is you. It is up to you to make some new decisions and new choices about how you will live your life.
Ferris takes his father’s prized 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder convertible in to down town Chicago with some friends. According to Wikipedia they spend a charmed, carefree day in the city, including lunch at a fancy restaurant, a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field , and visits to the Sears Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Ferris crashes the annual German-American Von Steuben Day Parade, lip-syncing to Wayne Newton’s cover of “Danke Schoen” and the Beatles’ “Twist and Shout” on the float as the very enthusiastic crowd joins him singing and dancing.
There’s a whole lot more that goes on in the film. The underlying message is that taking some time out for yourself, without necessarily having to be a truant from school or work, has the potential to be anywhere from a bit fun to an epic adventure. Fun and adventure are great for keeping your mind healthy and keeping many of life’s stressors at bay. Releasing your own pressure valve before you pop a gasket will save you from unnecessary distress and allow for a quicker recovery from whatever you are experiencing.
Find your inner Ferris. It might even include watching Ferris Bueller’s Day Off! Enjoy a break. Give yourself permission. It’s ok to play!
Because your Mind Health Matters…