The Importance of Play

A few years ago I attended a workshop called, “Remembering to Play”.  It was lively and energetic presentation and the presenter’s message was to not forget to add some “play” into our daily lives.  It is easy to forget the importance of being playful.  It seems as soon as we become young adults, we stop being goofy and playful.  All of a sudden, everything is serious.  Shortly after graduating from high school, the message is, “get serious about your career and life track”.

Once you step on the treadmill of being an adult, you quickly find yourself with monthly bills, jobs or careers, college or university, then you have rent or a mortgage and soon the thought of being playful or silly not only a waste of time but potentially detrimental!  I mean, what if somebody from work sees you behaving in a silly manner and captures it on video and posts it to social media!  Oh my stars – then what?  It really wasn’t until attending the workshop that I thought about how little I played anymore.  Sure, I played sports or played the stocks but really all that is just the same as the rest of your programmed life with rules and consequences – where’s the fun in that!

This weekend I went camping with my wife and the three kids.  The kids are 6, 8, and 12 so they really totally know how to play.  As we watched them play in the lake and chase each other around with boogers and wrestle on the grass, I remembered that workshop.  I decided I wanted some of that fun too!  There was a tree swing that went into the lake so we all took turns swinging into the lake.  After an hour or so of that, we played badminton with no net and no rules.  Then we played tag and hide and go seek.  It was tremendously fun!  I can’t remember spending so much time being so silly since I was a kid.

When was the last time you took a ball to a field and just kicked it around and ran around after it?  I am not talking about soccer or something with rules but just goofing around with a ball.  One of the other things the kids did lots of this weekend was colouring.  There were hours of mindless colouring outside the lines.  Making kids colour inside the lines is one of my pet peeves.  It starts as soon as a kid is in pre-school – they are scolded for being messy if they can’t conform and stay in the lines.  At a very young age we praise conformity and rule following and try to kill fun.  Even recess or lunch doesn’t seem like much fun anymore.  Kids are taught “fun” by adults – where is the fun in that!  When I was a kid, I learned games from other kids.  We learned marbles, jacks, tetherball, kick-the-can, nicky-nicky-nine doors, from other kids – not from boring adults!

If you are reading this and haven’t done something fun in a while, what are you waiting for?  Grab a big fat crayon and some scrap paper and just go crazy on the paper – no rules!  Do you remember your favourite Crayola crayon colour?  Mine were (I mean “are”) cerulean and electric lime.

Have fun,  life is short.

Brett 

3 Responses to “The Importance of Play”

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  3. 私は、私が私がどれくらいのスポーツ好きの言うことができるかどうかわからない。スポーツと腕時計:それらの2つのブラケットは、私がこれまでに持っていたと思いますあらゆる趣味を含みます。とマンチェスターの中心から20分で育ちました。パネライスーパーコピーサッカーの重要な歯のエスケープホイールにとって重要であると言っているように私に言います。しかし、私は、ブローヴァマンチェスターユナイテッドクラブウォッチについて聞いたとき、私は興奮よりも神経質でした。私はしばしば私の2つの大好きな分野の融合について疑問にふけっていました、私がどのようにアリゾナ・カージナルスロゴは、贅沢な腕時計のダイヤルの上で高級に見えさせる、というトロントメープルリーフスのバッジの可能性を考えてクラウンに愛国的な見えないのか不思議と国民の巻き毛の「w」またはkiddishにクールに見えますストラップにエンボス加工したならば?私は唯一の失敗は、大胆な生意気なスポーツのしるしとの組み合わせを待ち受けていたと推測しました、そして洗練された文化的な腕時計のデザインとした。しかし、ブローバ私が間違っていますか? http://www.gowatchs.com/brand-189.html

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