Make a short list of things that make you feel as though you’re taking a break – maybe even things you fight feeling guilty about. Taking a walk, taking pictures, reading a good book, maybe for the 2nd or 3rd time, seeing a movie, getting a manicure, taking a bubble bath, jumping on a trampoline, taking a bus or a train to somewhere new – from simple to complex, have a little list of things that nourish you. Then try to add at least one simple thing each day and one more complex thing each week. If you make a project out of it – you might just luck into playfulness!!
Diana, thanks to your encouragement (and precise instructions), I’m now going to make that list and launch The Play Project.
The Play List
The short list of “things that make you feel as though you’re taking a break.”
- Snap pictures (especially of family)
- Sleep in
- Take a walk
- Read a book
- Read the newspaper
- Browse shelves at the library to discover interesting books
- Learn something new
- Share what I learn with someone else
- Make a big breakfast (and eat it at a leisurely pace)
- Bake muffins, cookies, or brownies
- Ride my bike on a warm day
- Write in a journal
- Write a blog post
- Write a friend
- Chat with a friend
- Laugh with family
- Laugh with a friend
- Solve someone’s problem
- Wander around an art museum
- Sketch or draw something
- Meander the Internet reading blog posts and commenting where appropriate
- Attend a writing event (conference, seminar, author reading)
- Vacation with family
- Lounge on a beach on a hot, sunny day
- Walk along a beach on a hot, sunny day
- Read a book on a beach on a hot, sunny day
- Snap pictures of the beach on a hot, sunny day
Other than the series of beach-related activities, the list seems simple, attainable. Unfortunately, I live far from beaches in a part of the country that grows increasingly cold and dreary this time of year; therefore, the beach play will have to wait.
I’m realizing that the list lacks any type of high-energy, high-speed play. To illustrate, I’ve not listed any adventures like boating, swimming, parasailing, mountain climbing, or sky-diving. I guess play, for me, for the moment, doesn’t require surges of adrenaline to feel playful. If anything, I seem to equate play with a sense of calm and quiet.
In the meantime, I must start somewhere, even if all I do is read one chapter in a book.
I shall launch The Play Project this week by implementing some of the simplest items on the list, one a day, and periodically report back on my Play Progress.