In the last few weeks I completed Part 2 of Brené Brown’s online course, wrapped up a 7 week The Daring Way group, and finished reading a pretty heavy parenting book, Parenting From The Inside Out. I.AM.SPENT. It’s June! Time to lighten the load a bit, get my feet and hands dirty in the garden, catch sweet Colorado breezes in my hair, and eat fresh fruit.
At the end of Brené Brown’s e-course, she had us choose an area of life we’d like to focus on. I chose the area of Play. Play does not come easily to me. I am so far up in my head, it’s amazing I have a body below my neck. Sometimes it feels like serious WORK to PLAY! I have to pull myself out of melancholic gray matter and jiggle my joints loose. I have to (look away now, funsters) SCHEDULE my play. That’s right. Schedule it. Make it intentional. Force it into existence.
One way I’m working some play into my life right now is by changing the way I write. I typically spill my deep, dark narrative into my journal every morning. But now, oh baby, look at me now! I’m busting out the markers and crayons, the colored pencils and the glue stick, and I’m art journaling! More specifically, I’m drawing little daily self-portraits! I’m documenting what I wear, and what I do, and how I feel. I’m only two days into this project, but I couldn’t wait to show it off. It just oozes playful intention, right?
Do you think of play as a need like Dr. Brown? I surely do. Playing is a way to unleash creativity and deepen my reserve of gratitude and joy. Playing is a way to smile and distract from pain. Playing is a way to de-stress without the stress of de-stressing, know what I mean? Play is healthy and necessary in my life, and that’s why I’m cultivating this practice. How do you play? Do you find play a natural practice, or do you have to work at it?