Stepping out of the shadows

Being just a little short of sixty, I’ve lived with a secret all of my life. It’s brought untold pain my way, created enormous difficulties, and generally just made my life a struggle to survive from day to day. That’s why I wanted to share with you today the truth that I am FUN-ONE. Until now, only my family and a few close friends have been aware of this, but I am tired of living in the shadows and want everyone to know.

If you haven’t heard this term before, it describes people who, like me, are wired to experience only fun in life. We are unable to work, do anything boring, repetitious, or tedious. We’re not lazy, slackers, or shirkers in any sense and it’s incorrect and unfair to think of us this way. We’re simply people who were born with a vacation attitude but are trapped in a body capable of working and forced to exist in a world where work is viewed as normative and those who don’t are stigmatized. I wish everyone could live just one day in my situation to see how hard it is to cope with the resentment and animosity that is directed toward people like me.

It’s important for you to understand that this is my orientation, not my preference. I did not choose to be this way and it troubles me deeply that people cannot understand that no one would choose to stay up late eating junk food, binging on Netflix, and sleeping late in the morning on purpose—this is simply the way I’m wired! I refuse to hide it or be ashamed of it any more. Deal with it America. I won’t be disenfranchised or pushed to the margins any longer.

And it’s not just me. There are many others who share this orientation. Chances are quite good that you already know someone who is a member of the silent but growing movement we refer to as Vacation Nation. While our official number isn’t that high, it’s undoubtedly been underreported due to the cultural bias and ignorance that exists in the minds and hearts of so many. Dr. Francis Capri-Cious, who stepped down as president of the APA (American Psychological Association) last week upon identifying herself as FUN-ONE, has assured us that it is only a matter of time until the Association recognizes this orientation. Last week, Facebook made it a status choice.

It’s time for us to have our place at the table. The equal rights clause of the fourteenth amendment guarantees that people who are born with FUN-ONE orientation cannot be discriminated against by being forced to work for a living. We cannot be denied the funding for our lifestyle that we are not able to supply ourselves. Vacation Nation has (at their leisure) recruited lobbyists and is also involved with the entertainment industry in helping them to incorporate the concept of FUN-ONE into their current and future projects. We’ve been told to expect to see some sitcoms and movies in the very near future where FUN-ONE’s are portrayed in positive ways. We’ve also taken a song made famous during the Civil Rights Movement and adapted it to fit our unique needs. So tomorrow, or next week, or next month, when you see a group standing on the steps of some government building or standing together on the street singing “We Shall Undercome"--

--you’ll know who it is.*

*The above has no other purpose than to get us thinking about where we as a people are headed if we continue to insist upon fragmenting ourselves on the basis that we are somehow unique (you know, just like everyone else). We are self-actualizing ourselves to death!

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