I have sat down to write this post several times, but for some reason it just wasn’t flowing. I think it’s because it’s about why you should play and why I created Camp Kidagain.
But I don’t want to have to tell you all of the reasons that you should make time to play and why it’s good for you, because you know already.
You may not know all of the research, or the physical and psychological things that happen to you when you play, but you know, in your heart and soul, that taking time to play makes you feel better, keeps your stress level at bay, and makes you feel energized and more creative.
But you still don’t play…unless you have to.
I have been guilty of the same thing
We know it’s good for us and yet it doesn’t happen. Or at least not in the way that makes us feel as free and easy as we did as kids.
As adults, we have rules around play.
Only with the kids… only organized sports… only as “exercise”…
Whatever we need to tell ourselves in order to make it ok for a responsible adult to have fun. Sometimes we put so many parameters and rules around it that it stops being fun altogether!
There is an old episode of the TV show Friends that comes to mind right now, The One Where Phoebe Runs. In the show, Phoebe and Rachel go running in Central Park, but Rachel, who is running ‘properly’ and focused on her breathing, etc., is embarrassed by Phoebes wild style… until she tries it. Then she feels the freedom and fun of running again. If you don’t know what I am talking about (or if you just want a laugh) here’s a little clip.
This summer I want to be more like Phoebe, and I am inviting you to do the same.
That’s why I created Camp Kidagain. I wanted to have fun this summer and decided that I would increase the fun factor by inviting others to join me. Then I added prizes and things to make it even better.
Now, obviously I would LOVE to have every one of you in Camp with me. But, even if you don’t join Camp, please…
add a little fun into your summer!