Thursday, March 27, 2014

Time to play

Have you ever watched little children at play? They are so engaged, so creative and so utterly joyful. Their imaginations are just amazing! Everything is possible for them.

What happens to us as we age? We lose so much of that imagination, pure joy, creativity, spontaneity. We get deadly serious about everything. We don't play anymore, because, as we know, that's a complete waste of time! Right? Or is it?

Of course, we do have to be adults. We have to support ourselves and often, families as well. We can't be quite as carefree as little children. But do we really have to leave behind all the playful and fun parts of life? What if we let go of some of those restricting ideas?

I am a fairly intense and serious person. But as I age, I'm trying to add a bit more play and spontaneity back into my life. My grandchildren have been great at helping me do that, I must admit. However, I want to play not only when I'm with them but also when I'm alone or with other adults. I want to engage my imagination more. Stop automatically saying, "No, I can't do that. No, I'm too old for that. That's too silly. Or impossible." Let go, Sonia, let go!

How about you? What do you do to spur your imagination? To play and totally engage your creative side? Don't neglect that part of you. I'm guessing there's still a little child inside you that would love to come out and play!

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