02 Mar It’s time for recess – go play!
When was the last time you had real fun?
Last year, as we were curating their sabbatical, I asked a client what they did for fun. They couldn’t remember the last time they did something fun, not for their kids, but for themselves. It led to the exploration around the word “recreation” or “re-creation” during their sabbatical. To explore what play and fun looked like for their life.
So I asked you – when was the last time you played? Remember recess in elementary school? It was for games and play. In fact, at one point, we considered calling our company Recess. When you look at the definition, “recess” can mean time for play or a receding space for retreat and rest.
With play, we know there are tangible benefits of socialization and healthy bodies. But you don’t think about those things when you are playing. You are usually in the moment or the flow of the activity. It is hard to be worried about work when you are playing tag or hide and seek. One of the things I love about the idea of play is that you don’t have to be good at play to have fun with it.
Playwright George Bernard Shaw said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” Maybe we should bring back recess to our adult lives. What would your workday look like with a pause for play in it? What would your life be like if you brought more play into it?
Here is a resource to get you started. Play is a form of a conscious pause from a life of busyness. Let us know how you bring play into your life.
“The true object of all human life is play.” -G. K. Chesterton