“Play keeps us vital and alive. It gives us an enthusiasm for life that is irreplaceable. Without it, life just doesn’t taste good” – Lucia Capocchione
Play. We’ve experienced this since we were tiny little children. Ideas and thoughts streaming from our imaginations. Each day ever-changing. Interactions with friends, family, teammates, the kid next door. Sports, board games, dancing, video games, playing pretend, dress up, riding bikes, swings and slides, jump rope. For a child, play comes in all forms. For adults, play is limited.
As we mature, grow-up, we forget how to play. How much joy it brought us as children. The sheer feeling of fulfillment you feel after having a good time. Life has been taken too seriously. Days have become full of repetitive routines, maybe, throw in sporadic snip-its of play. Let loose. Have fun. Play. With example of the IDEO design firm, their offices work best when they play. It helps them keep their minds flowing and their imaginations growing and working hard. Successful.
Why is play so important though? Playing allows our bodies to rid itself of stresses, it makes us happy. It makes life unpredictable instead of stale. Play makes my day enjoyable. Being on a sport team definitely made my high school career more enjoyable and less stressful. Playing with my teammates and being able to forget about the negative things rejuvenated me. If something has got me down, my sister always knows how to make me smile again. She invites be to play a board game with her, or maybe we’ll do crafts. It’s the hands on design experiences that are the most successful and all around enjoyable.
Carpe diem. Seize the day. Enjoy life to its fullest. Have fun. Play.
- Milynna N., younger sister
- Eliza T., friend of my younger sister