The Joys of Adult Playtime

The best days of my life were my childhood days.  Life was so simple then, stripped of the complications of technology and soap opera-inspired drama.  All a child needed to thrive was having these four basic needs met: food, shelter, clothing and play.  I could say with absolute certainty that, luckily, I was one kid who had all these needs satisfied.  Although I may have been on the waifish side, I was never lacking in play.

I couldn’t care less about getting my skin burned to a crisp as I spent hours under the sun.  If I wasn’t out on the streets, playing skipping rope with the neighborhood posse, I was diving and splashing at the village pool.  When the homework was done, I’d grab a quick snack and once again convene with the neighborhood kids for a session of role-playing games.  We’d play teacher-student or husband-wife-with-kids.

And then this question begs to be recognized: Do I still play as an adult?

Since it may seem awkward- maybe even ghastly- to see a woman in her late thirties take to the streets and jump up and down on a skipping rope (bobbing breasts, notwithstanding!), I have chosen other alternatives to play.

After a long and tiring day at work, I sometimes pick up the guitar and play a few ditties.  Alice Cooper would’ve been proud.  On days when I don’t feel so musically inclined, I instead try to do a bit of yoga.   When inspired, I write.  These days, anything that’s relaxing is play to me.  Going on Facebook, by the way, hardly qualifies as relaxing (just a side note!).

We all know that all work and no play makes for a dull person.  Find whatever it is that brings you joy and indulge yourself.  The last thing you’d want to be is dry and lifeless.

About Pepper

I am a single working mom, trying to raise my kid the best way I know how. Join me as I navigate my way through the jungle that is Single Mom-hood, armed with rose-colored glasses and strength of spirit. As pepper adds spice to food, so does my daughter add spice to my life. She makes life no less than…PEPPERRIFIC!

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  1. Thank you for this fantastic advise! Lately, I’ve been relaxing with my daughter by watching Dr. Who on Netflix at the end of the day. We read a lot, too. It’s important to take time out to relax. I wish I’d made it more of a priority, I probably wouldn’t have as much grey hair, lol!

  2. Pepper, that is so true! As a kid we played outside for hours on end. My mom would call us in for dinner, and as soon as we gulped it down, it was out again until we had to come in to get ready for bed! As an adult I consider Blogging relaxing, and Facebook, and reading. The important thing is humor, laughter takes me away from it all…it’s the best stress relief!

  3. I love to read whenever I get my adult playtime. I have a nightstand full of books I need to finish :).

  4. I agree that adults too need their time out. I read books, watch Korean drama or play games online.

  5. Mom’s especially need to carve out a little “me” time in their schedules!

  6. What a lovely reminder! It is so important to take those moments and simply play!

  7. I agree that play time is very important. Thank you for sharing this great reminder. :) All work and no play can be tiring and stressful.

  8. I ♥ this post. Play is such a fun part of my day. I find that I can think and feel more deeply when I allow myself some fun! Thanks!

  9. I think adult play can also come in the form of hobbies and sports. It may be more structured, but at least it breaks the monotony of life and is enjoyable, right? =)

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