I have decided to address this very ambiguous topic by examining the opposite of play: work.
WORK! A word very rarely post-ceded by an exclaimation mark – unless it is directed at a person who is not working who should be working who doesnt want to work because working hurts so much because its confusing and stupid and that person is usually you and kind of is me right now because work is always something we want to avoid and distract ourselves from but our life depends on that because thats what teachers and mom says and i am not liking that right now but DEANNA! FOCUS! WORK!
Why do we work? Why do we submit ourselves to hours of mental and physical toil, cash in on life by wiping down counters and fulfilling mundanities? Perhaps out of obligatory, often logical reasons: a need for physical possessions, resources, pride, fame, self-worth, because someone drilled it into us that society is based on work, that work always has a worthy outcome (the pyramids weren’t build by a bunch of toddlers and their cabbage patch dolls.)
We seem to have this misguided perception that:
1. Work (pain, toil, labor, confusion) and it’s fulfillment will lead us to an eventual moment of payoff.
2. Security, mental, physical, and social can only be obtained through work because work is the only thing that society values and will support recipricolly.
Therefore, we must work to live. Right?
Now why do I say this is misguided? Because the same payoff, security, and really the only essential part of life can be achieved instantly, through play! Not only that, but you also obtain higher levels of self worth, self awareness, and social prestige among people with similar morals and beliefs – rather than with people with a lust for cash, possessions, and the ordinary life of caution.
We don’t need to work to live, we must play to LIVE.
There are 2 ways of living: Work to earn dollars and prestige, pay for your life and live later. Or play now, throw caution to the wind, and live now.
Wake up and smell the barbies, kids.