Seriously. Write to do lists, don’t check e-mails in the morning, take your meds, pay the bills on Friday, go to the gym every day, send love to all, don’t criticize… blah blah blah. That is how I feel some days, like it’s just…. too much!
Being an adult is hard work. With foreclosures climbing, jobless rates higher, more bills to pay, everything costing more… it sometimes gets a little too much to be responsible and good. We get caught up in all of it and it’s completely overwhelming. How do we get out of it?
Sure, there is smoking, texting, drinking, porn, sex… but let’s be honest. Do we really feel better? We can work out (responsible), watch TV (not very ‘releasing’) or hide under our covers (I have to admit, sometimes this helps), but one thing we often forget that is completely re-energizing, is going back to PLAY!
Doing what? Well, here are some suggestions:
- Playing in a tree fort
- Jump Roping
- Hula Hooping
- Creating a race car track
- Sack races
- Kick the Can / Ghost in the Graveyard
- Holding Hands
- Singalongs – anywhere, anytime!
- Camp fires
- Snow angels
- Playing in leaves
- Making gifts out of things from your back yard
- Finger painting
- Rolling down a hill
- Making funny faces
- Play hot or cold / hide and seek
- Play charades
- Play cards / go fish / slap jack (you can make your own cards quite easily!)
- Watch kids play
- Tell stories
There is something delicious about just being a child. I’ve traveled the world, and some of the happiest people I have seen on this earth did not have running water or electricity – but they had community and play. Often times we forget in our hustle of life what the true meaning of life is about: connecting and feeling at peace. And sometimes what it takes is finding and celebrating our inner child.
When is the last time you made time for play? !
NOTE: Funny, as I was searching for photos I found the sign – just goes to show we are taught at an early age only CHILDREN can play. No adults! That is crazy. Never give up your childlike desire to play.