When was the last time you stopped to play? Do you play anymore? I still play nearly every day but for not enough time, that’s for sure. I’m still goofy, but probably not as goofy as I used to be. 😉
Being creative and playing are so important for all of us, yet somehow we forget when we get all grown up and stuff. This life stuff and school stuff puts so many demands on us. Let us never forget to let out the steam and to lighten up.
I got to thinking about this topic while we discussed and I defended the craziness of the Stanford (Marching) Band (SMB) at dinner last night. If you’ve ever seen the SMB, you’ll know what I’m talking about. They are just plain silly and playful and are the mirror opposite of what their school represents. They are the epitome of yin and yang. They don’t follow the normal rules. Actually, they were behaving badly and have been recently banned from performing at away games for this upcoming season for violating school policies. I’m all for fun and games and being silly and lightening up a bit, but I do still believe in being respectful and following the rules. Here are a couple of links to stories about the history of the irreverence of the band and the recent trouble they’ve gotten into:
Another playful thing that people are talking about are coloring books for adults.
Have you heard about this latest rage? Well, I don’t know if it’s a rage, but “The Secret Garden” is on the Amazon best seller list lately, so there must be a demand for tehse adult coloring pages. We need time to relax and make pretty things just because we can. I love it and even have one, with new markers too, thanks to my sister! I think we need to get off our electronic devices too and play and color again.
Here’s a link to a recent story about adult coloring books:
Another connection I noticed recently is that adults who are needing to and wanting to celebrate life and to go outside and play at places such as the recent Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco. Grown people are dressing up and laughing and playing and talking to strangers, dressed up strangely themselves, and they’re happy and maybe drunk too. But they need to go outside and dress up and run and to laugh with their friends. Here is a link to the wikipedia about the infamous race:
I thought I was done with my list but two more ideas popped up and these are the Muddy Buddy races and Burning Man. Adults are needing to play in the dirt and sunshine with their friends and they want to be out in nature, dressing up and being free to celebrate living with no expectations of who they are supposed to be, for a weekend in the dessert. This is fascinating to me.
Here is a link to a Muddy Buddy Race: Muddy Buddy
And here is one to Burning Man: Burning Man
Have you been to any of these events or colored in a book lately? What do you like to do to play and feel alive?
Play is good.
Life is good.
nAMaste BEloveRs xoxo
One thought on “Play for Teens and InBetweens and Adults Too”
I am so happy you posted all of these amazing things in life on your blog! The adult coloring book is wonderful. It brings us back to our youth and is therapy at the same time. One of my classes is creating coloring pages which will be turned into a coloring book for the special Ed kids in our school.
The Muddy Buddy is sooooo much fun! I have done it for the last three years and will keep on doing it with friends . I think you would like it..:) keep playing and having fun! Now I am going to go back into my fort and color..LOL..:)