We glared at the clock, we were perched and ready to spring from our desks. Waiting for those last few exhilarating seconds to tick away before the recess bell rang. As soon as it did, we bolted for our spot on the playground. We already knew what we were going to do: dodge ball, four square, the monkey bars. And if our first choice filled up too soon, no problem, on to the next. It was the best part of the day. I don't understand why looking forward to playtime has changed so much.
Now that we're grown ups, we tend to make play time complicated. We think it has to involve big extravagant travel plans, new clothes, and expensive show tickets. It doesn't. Remember how easily we LET GO of schoolwork and responsibilities, just to get out to recess? The more complicated our lives get, the harder it is to let it all go and play. Recreation feeds your soul. Just as muscles need to rest after a hard work out, your psyche and brain need a rest after extended concentration. We expect so much from our brains that overworking has become the normal state of being. Remember, rest and rejuvenation are part of the cycle of life. Play follows work like spring follows winter. All work and no play make Jack a very dull boy. The young at heart live longer, fuller lives. Here are a few ideas to help insure you do not become that dull boy or girl: