Updated: Jan 25
Bonjour, mon ami! I'm here to remind you that it is okay to play as an adult. One of the reasons this pandemic sucks so bad is the isolation. We are stuck in our own version of Groundhog Day, just making it through the daily grind. It's depressing and anxiety-inducing.
One way to combat those feelings is to play. Playing can help you work stuff out. When I say play, I mean everything: run, play soccer with your kids, free paint, free write, do a puzzle, read a book, accidentally fall asleep, walk your dog, etc. Play makes you feel free. Play makes you feel alive. Play makes you more creative and you're able to solve problems more efficiently because you allowed your brain to use a different skill: creativity. Play is the foundation for creativity.
It's difficult to play as an adult because we take ourselves too seriously sometimes. But something as simple as acting out a role for a difficult conversation you need to have can help you organize your thoughts and communicate better. The process can help you discover your true feelings about whatever is at the forefront of your brain.
Remember when you were a child and you would bring home your artwork from school; and remember how mostly it was awful to look at, but as a kid you were simply pleased that you created something, a concept from your brain and onto paper. We've fallen out of habit of creativity for fear of judgement. But I say fuck the judgement from the inside and the outside. Play with no expectations, no end goal. Play frees the the soul to express oneself.