I think the best part about working with children is learning to play again
Early in our teens we stop playing. Society has this idea that play, at least improvised play, is only for children, and something we naturally grow out of. The only sort of "play" that is seen as "appropriate" for adults are organized games with set rules, and usually a goal
Anyway, that's BS. Today, I played with marbles. I built a tower out of building blocks. Last week, I drew a picture - not to "create" anything, just to have fun with pencils on paper. One day when I was not actually at work, I went to a playground to climb on a 2-meter-high rock. It was difficult (how did i do this when i was little??) and I was proud of myself when i did it
I can't believe I'm only 19 and have already missed out on this for half my life. And the only way I can accept that is if I promise myself that I'll never stop playing again
@ijyx Thank you for putting this out there.... we're.... people have been asking us (therapists, psychologists, friends) what we do that we enjoy, including one time earlier today when we were in a call with our psych and he asked "So what do you do for fun? What activities do you enjoy?" and we just stopped and thought about it until he asked "Hello? You still there?" and we realized we had spent 5 minutes trying and failing to come up with an activity.
You're absolutely right that everything has become goal oriented. We try and learn new things but only because we feel accomplished afterwards....
We don't know how to have fun.... we honestly can barely remember even doing so when we were younger.... Honestly not sure where to even start anymore, but we've definitely got something to think about, so thank you.
The real trick will be trying to do thing for the sake of doing it and not trying to have fun if that makes sense.
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