What if our LIVES became our
In our hectic lives, many of us never seem to have time for pure fun. Somewhere between childhood and adulthood, we stopped playing. But just because we’re adults, that doesn’t mean we have to take ourselves so seriously and make life all about work.
We all need to play.
The rain intensified just as I was picked up my daughter Teilah from her art teacher’s house. As we left and headed to get her a post-class snack, the rain worsened.
The rain was streaming down in sheets. We parked at the grocery store and nervously looked at each other. Using all the coordination of Olympic synchronized swimmers, we leapt into a mad, anxious run for the Whole Foods door about 100 feet away.
But half-way there something happened. Through the rain, we looked at each other.
It was so ridiculous how drenched we were getting. So we stopped running.
My daughter stomped into a puddle.
I smiled, opened my mouth, and looked upwards, drinking in the rain as I used to do when I was her age.
We had made the shift: from an “fear” mindset (run, get inside, be safe!) to a “play” mindset (slow down, laugh, drink it in!)
Same circumstances. Completely different experience of life.
What did you love to do as a kid?
Painting, playing hide-and-seek, riding bikes, pillow fighting, making tie-dies, freeze-tag, flying kites, yelling Marco Polo in the pool, starting a water balloon fight, playing house, drawing on the driveway in chalk, playing dress-up, making movies?
What happened to that? How did we lose that passion for laughter just for laughter, for losing any sense of control, and just having fun?
“Play is something done for its own sake,” Stuart Brown, who is famous for a TED Talk on Play explains. “It’s voluntary, it’s pleasurable, it offers a sense of engagement, it takes you out of time. And the act itself is more important than the outcome.” Positive Psychologists tell us that play helps us to:
- Relieve stress
- Improve brain function
- Stimulate the mind and boost creativity
- Improve relationships and our connection to others
- Keep feeling young and energetic
This week’s Scare Your Soul Challenge is to
Tap into your inner-child and find some time to play
Click here for some ideas.