permission to play


“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”
– Plato

“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at play.”
– Charles Schaefer

After spending a lot of time observing Gracie and the way that she just comes in here (art studio), sits down at her desk, and just CREATES whatever she feels like, I decided I wanted to follow her lead.

I tried for a few weeks to just HAVE FUN and it didn’t work. I kept feeling like I was neglecting “real” things or finding myself falling into the whole “this is horrible, what am I doing?” trap.

I finally realized that in order to let myself just *play* and have some fun, I had to make it an actual commitment, something like swimming or writing blog posts or other regularly-scheduled things in my life.

So I’m giving myself a challenge. On Tuesdays, I usually post something over on Bliss Habits. For the next few months, I’m going to use the time that I would spend thinking/writing those posts on PLAY. I’m not sure what that entails quite yet, but my goal is to actually have a scheduled block of time every week in which my goal is to explore fun and on-a-whim creativity and play and see how it all goes together.

Every Tuesday, starting at the end of April, I’m going to post my “stuff” over there, whether it be a fingerpainting or photos from an adventure or a silly haiku or a peek at a larger project I’m working on (I’m envisioning a shoebox with puff balls and pipe cleaners, even…) purely for the sake of having a little fun and playing.

It’s kinda like a little version of “show and tell”, and it’ll be once a week.

If you want to play along with me (first “show and tell” is April 30th, 2013), I’d LOVE to have you. Love love love. Details are over here.

Regardless of what happens or if anyone joins, I’m committed to figuring this “what can’t I let go and have fun?” thing out.


1 thought on “permission to play

  1. I’m planning on joining you!! Sounds just like something I need…my inner critic often kicks in before I can even pick up a brush, pen or ink bottle. I have a goal to be a better blogger and share more but so far I am still challenged by that. So even if I don’t manage to post please know that I am out here (in chilly Illinois) playing with you! BTW…thank you so much for your kind words on I Am Brave!

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