One of my favorite books is, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum. It is a collection of short essays. In there, they talk about the importance of play among other topics. In my video, I talk about passing a playground and the sounds of laughter as the children play. I learned how to play again by watching my own children. The simple act of dancing in the rain for example. Yes, I do that. Although, now I make sure it is not thundering and lightening. I still like to chalk on the sidewalk and give me a bottle of bubbles and a wand and watch out! My children and I still sing and dance to this day and I did so as a public school teacher and as a college professor. Occasionally, my children walk away from me when I do so in a public place. Ahhh, I’m still able to embarrass them. It is a gift! My play is a little different when I got older as I go hiking or fishing when I get a chance now. I have more freedom now that I am retired.
I have always tried to make my work seem like play. This could be challenging at times in my career but in doing so, I could try to add to the fun parts of my job. It was a great way to lower my stress too. I tried to find activities that brought be outside more. I had a chance to enjoy the sunshine, which was limited in Rochester, NY, and to feel the warmth on my face was such a joy. Probably because of the overcast weather in my hometown, I have come to appreciate the sunshine on the west coast so much more. When you are outside, you can connect with nature more. You feel more grounded and if you live in a place with clear air, take in a few deep breaths. It will calm and center you. Try it now, breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out…now, don’t you feel better?
When looking at the relationships in your life, it is an added bonus if you find someone who shares the same sense of play and interests that you do. It is another avenue for you to explore and create shared memories. As you get older, you can recall them with affection. There are many opportunities for you to meet like-minded people in your community. Check online for ideas.
So, the world is waiting. Now put on your sneakers, go outside and play!