Day 21 writing prompt: Playtime – Do you play in your daily life? What says “playtime” to you?
More often that I would like to admit, I fall into the trap of not believing I have enough play in my life. As the article above mentions, our society tends to dismiss play for adults. Play is perceived as unproductive, petty or even a guilty pleasure. The notion is that once we reach adulthood, it’s time to get serious. And between personal and professional responsibilities, there’s no time to play.
Could it be that I have been defining play wrong all of these years? Have I been too literal with its meaning? Maybe if I stop looking at play as something that “needs” to be done, but instead of something I “want” to do, will it become easier to play?
Could play simply be something that brings me joy? For me, that sounds like:
- Laughing and spending time with my family
- Sidewalk chalk
- Becoming lost in music
- Reading a book
- Running and yoga
- Laying under the stars
- Basking in the sun
Maybe this is the missing link. Play is any activity engaged in for enjoyment and recreation. Nothing more, nothing less.
Any time you think play is a waste, remember that it offers some serious benefits for both you and others. As Brown says in his book, “Play is the purest expression of love.”