My family and I had the privilege of taking a short vacation this week. We all needed a break and a get away, even it was only for a short time. We chose to visit a Christmas themed park as one of our main activities.
In the middle of the park, situated between animated elves and real reindeer, sat a water park that emulated the North Pole. My children and I couldn’t wait to try it. You know what we did?
It was the most fun I have had in years.
As I slid down the slides, splashed in the water and climbed the obstacle course, I passed by my son several times. At one point, I stopped, wiped the water from my face, and observed my son joyfully shooting water guns. He pulled several ropes with delight as he doused the people below us. His eyes lit up as he became engrossed with the many intricacies that allowed the faucets and hoses to perform their functions. At that moment, I understood the important job kids have to explore, experiment and above all, create.
The time passed so quickly, that when I looked at my watch it was two and a half hours later. As quickly as we entered, it was time to say goodbye. That night, my mind relived every slide and splash and I yearned to go back again.
Being a child that had one older sibling, I learned early how to entertain myself. I colored, built with blocks and invented in my room for hours on end. At the time, I remember being bored, wanting to hurry up and grow so I could become an adult and do all of the fun things everyone else was doing. Now that I am an adult, I have forgotten what it is to just sit, turn off my brain, and play.
When is the last time you became so engrossed in experimenting and creating that you lost track of time and thought of nothing else?
Playing is so important to any writer’s life. It will combat writer’s block, make you more productive and help you enjoy writing so much more that you ever have before.
When is the last time you played?
If you haven’t lately, it is time!
So, who’s ready to go play? ( I vote for the water park.)