Maybe the rug in the living room was always hot lava and you had to leap onto the couch to keep from burning your feet. Maybe you had a mischievous invisible friend to blame for losing library books or trimming off the cat’s whiskers. Perhaps Barbie and Ken selflessly gave up their dream house to nomad My Little Ponies. Maybe you enlisted your neighbors to help you protect the backyard from the attack of nearby pirate ships.
Hours could be lost dreaming up adventures.
Sometimes in adulthood, our childlike sense of fun can be on the back burner so long that we start to feel like automatons. Highly responsible and productive, sure, but robots just the same.
I could launch into the research-supported health benefits we adults have when we play or how fun is hugely important for emotional resilience and stress relief, but for today, let’s skip being responsible grown-ups. It’s the weekend after all!
Wouldn’t it just feel really good to play?
So my challenge to you this weekend, whether you have just 10 minutes, an hour or two, or the whole day: