Life’s been serious lately. Too serious. So when I saw Ailsa’s travel theme on Playing this week I knew it was a great chance to lighten up.
It seems like only yesterday that my two munchkins were playing in our back paddock, chasing the chickens and making daisy chains in the long grass.
Ah, those days of innocence, of pure play and unbridled joy.
Such simple, carefree times … jumping waves, climbing monkey-bars, sliding in tandem down the slide and swinging high. On the swings the sky was the limit.
Today, years later, I tell my kids the same … aim high, reach for the sky and follow your passion. Never stop chasing your dreams.
My daughter followed her dreams. She always knew what she wanted. From sand sculpting a pony on the beach, today not only does she have her own horse but she’s finished her Equine Studies and works for a Trail Riding Company in the High Country.
As for my son I know that whatever he wants to achieve he’s capable of. These days he prefers programming on the computer but there was a time he loved swinging as high as he could go.
From the beach to the snow the playing has never totally stopped. It just changed in focus and dropped a few degrees.
Here I am about to launch a snow ball at my daughter. Can’t let the kids have all the fun after all!
Back at home playing my guitar is a source of relaxation for me.
Outside Harry and Lamby are proof that playing never really stops for anyone. No matter how old we are and what species we are … playing is good therapy for the soul.
May we all embrace our inner child, play to our heart’s content and relish all the fun and happiness we can muster.
And remember, as George Bernard said … “We don’t stop playing because we get old. We get old because we stop playing”
So let’s keep on smiling and playing and enjoying the journey.