When was the last time you played?

By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick Wild Women On Top

“Hey … let’s climb that tree,” I said.

“Are we allowed?” replied my 13 year old son. Grandma said “No”. I said “I’ll race ya there …”

We ran to the tree, which was magnificently engineered by nature to be THE perfect leafy spiral ladder. We climbed, up and up and up, till we were looking out over Lake Burley Griffin … Floriade …  the world.

It was exhilarating … super fun … and we were both buzzing for hours. It felt fabulous to be a kid again, and be able to play.

play

verb

1. engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose: a range of voluntary, intrinsically motivated activities normally associated with recreational enjoyment and pleasure.

 

 

Remember when you were five years old and you ran down the street with gay abandon? When you rode your scooter so fast that you burned your heel? When you lost hours immersed in dolls or trees or tennis? Or leap frogged along the rocks …

Remember when you were 21 and fell madly, deeply in love. When your partner would grab you around the waist and fling you, hysterical, onto the bed, the floor, or whatever surface you could find. 

It’s funny how, as we age, we play less. We laugh less. We dance less. We find less joy in the simple things, as chores and kids and work and worries take over, and lines creep in between our eyebrows instead of around our mouths.

Play can relieve stress, improve brain function, stimulate the mind, boost creativity, improve relationships and keeps you feeling young and energetic!

This week we challenge you to re-embrace the power of play. This isn’t a chore, but a pleasure.

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