With summer almost at an end, my mind is turning to the school year and with that, to quizzes and homework. So, I’ve decided to give my beloved Grass Stain Guru readers a little quiz. (Don’t worry — no state capitals, long division, or questions on Shakespeare.)
Ask yourself the following questions. Be honest with yourself about the answers.
When is the last time you:
- Went barefoot (outside)?
- Did something just for the fun of it?
- Hung out with your best friend?
- Laughed until you ________? (Insert snorted, cried or wheezed — whichever is a sure sign that you are laughing uncontrollably.)
- Took a walk in the woods or went for a bike ride?
- Left the chores for a bit and picked play over housework?
- Did something creative that was for you and not your job?
- Took some quiet time for yourself , unplugged and alone?
- Bought yourself flowers (Yes, even the fellas!)?
- Took a day trip to museum, state or national park, botanical garden, or other place you love?
If it’s been awhile since you have done many of these activities, you my friends, are fun-deprived. If you can’t remember the last time you did any of these things, then we have a serious Grass Stain Emergency on our hands!
So here’s your homework: Put some life back into living. Make a list of five activities or actions you can commit to do over the next week to put some playtime into your schedule and a little extra joy in your coffers. It will pay off in spades, I promise. If you are a parent or caregiver, it is so important to make sure that you take some time for yourself and have fun for fun’s sake! If you’re neither of those things, it is still vitally important — play is a key ingredient to health and happiness across the lifespan.
It doesn’t matter what is on your pledge — just take the time to look at your life and add in more time for play, joy, and laughter. Happiness as homework: nothing wrong with that.
I would love to see your pledges, so I encourage you to share them here in the comments section. Add your @name if you are on Twitter, so we can check-in on each other and see how we are doing with our assignments.
Now get to work, errr, I mean PLAY!