13 Responses to “Be More Playful: mini-mission”


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  1. Kay

    Such a great mini-mission! My significant other and I have been doing just that lately. Having an occasional picnic and being more spontaneous!

    The Perseid meteor showers gave us an opportunity to sit out at night in our jammies and stare up, seeing not only shooting stars, but bats darting about, too! One night we forgot about the showers, but one of us had to get up to use the bathroom, woke the other up and said, “Hey! We forgot to look at the stars!” So out we went!

    We are 57 & 58, but still have responsibilities, jobs, grandkids to worry about. This new venture of getting out to play has really made a difference for us. I turned to him the other day as we were out holding hands and walking and said, “Honey, you make me feel young!”

    (We had a field across from our house as a kid, and we’d flatten out the dried grown tall hay and make forts. We also lay in that field and watched clouds, looking for shapes and objects. We also walked on stilts and called to each other across town with a Tarzan yell to find each other.)

    • Courtney Carver

      Kay, It sounds like you picked a great guy. ;) I used to make forts too. In fact, one summer, I secretly started removing things from my house to furnish the fort. Forks, plates, blankets, food … Don’t tell my mom.

  2. Rae

    This is a great reminder. Being playful is a part of ourselves that can get bogged down from life. I want to remember to play! Last week I impulsively bought marshmellows, graham crackers and cholate bars to make s’mores. My daughter was so excited we couldn’t wait, so we fired up the bbq and made them for the first time together during the day. It was fun and a nice departure! Want to do more simple things to have fun.

  3. G-R-E-A-T advice!

    Last week I ran away from home – incognito. Now THAT was fun: http://holessence.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/i-ran-away/

  4. Don’t forget it helps keep us young. I have always tried to be playful but felt I lost a little of that when my sons became adults. Having grand-children has brought that side back out in me.

  5. Kathleen Harris

    Love it! We have a rather large state park not far from us. I’ve wanted to have a lovely river-side picnic for quite some time. By the way, the food looks yummy!

  6. I felt realy inspired after reading this. In fact, I took my girlfriend to the sea-shore and we had an awesome day doing all the things we used to do when we were young!
    Just some hours of not being the grown-up, working on a nine-to-five basis was the best experience we had in a long time!

  7. Wow! EVERY single time read what you share, I learn something I can apply right away. And this is one I can’t wait to apply. I can’t remember the time I gave myself permission to be a playful, a little permission to quit acting so “adult” all the time. Thanks for such a great nudge!

  8. Great inspiration! We feel more centered in our lives when we do things we enjoy, rather than doing what we have to do and stressing over the things we need to get done.

  9. I’m having flashbacks of playing outside until my mom called. I loved being outside and still do. One of my favorite things to play as a child was pretending to be in a band – I was the singer, and I had a dancer and drummer in my band! Now, I get some much joy from singing with my daughter on her Disney Sing It game. I would never sing outside of my house, but singing my heart out with her is pure joy and fun. Always a great reminder. :)

  10. Yes yes yes. This is so important.thank you for your awesome insights. So inspiring!!

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