Tuesday, July 8, 2014

How do you play?

You do play right? Cause if ya don't you will get old so much quicker than those who still find ways to play.

If your life consists of only going to work and home you've gotta change that. We live in a time where you could potentially run down to the nearest outdoor store, buy a boat and be on the water before it's even time to eat you lunch. In fact you could find a million ways to play without even taking out your wallet. So why aren't you doing it? If you are sad, depressed or even tired, I'll bet you are not taking time to play. Just walking out of your house and down the street could change everything. Hearing the sounds of birds, feeling the sun or a breeze across your skin or just looking at the green of the grass and leaves can instantly turn a mood from bad to good.

I don't know how it is that adults forget how much they need these things. It is just like food, you need play to survive. Playing allows us to put worries and stress on a back burner. It makes us feel alive. If you are just going to work and home you are missing vital ingredients to a fulfilled life. You don't have to be good at sports. You don't have to have a large amount of endurance. You don't have to have any sort of skill to take on a hobby. People say to me all the time that they have never kayaked like they need to have that experience to try it once. No one has those skills until they do the activity. The only thing you need to try a new hobby is enthusiasm. You just have to want to.

Do you remember how magical playing was as a child? Why do you skip on having that magic now? No matter where you live there is something you could do to play. Buy a hula-hoop at the Dollar Store and teach yourself how to use it again. Put a puzzle together. Go for a hike in the park. Walk through your neighborhood. Ride a bike. Hike a trail. Go for a swim. Jump rope or on a trampoline. Find a place in your yard and just lay there looking up at the sky. Play a board or card game. Go camping. Join your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or neighborhood children in outdoor games or just catching fireflies. Read a book. Buy bubbles and silly string from the store and play with them until you run out of light. There really is no end to the things you could do to play. Make a dreamcatcher. If you don't believe you need this, try it once. Give it just 10 minutes if that is all you have in you to give. I know you will find that you've been missing it and didn't even know it.

Still not convinced? Check out this article or this article or this article or this article. I could go on but you get the picture.

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