It was mid-summer and a beautiful sunny day in Sioux City, Iowa. The year was 1949; I was eight years old. I said in a very loud voice: “hey mom there’s nothing to do!” My mother very quickly replied: “son your bed needs making, the lawn needs mowing, and the trash needs carrying out. From that moment on I never asked another person to come up with something for me to do. I have been quite creative in designing a multitude of fun things for me to do. Life is boring to boring people. I do not spend time being bored. This early experience has contributed to quite a magnificent life.
The playground of our youth was a training ground. What did you learn? Myriad things. Did you stop playground activities? You can continue what those playground-esque activities did for you when you were a child. Brain growth in fun and easy ways. Playings of your own creation. The things that cause your brain to change can be of your own devising. You will soon see your creative abilities growing. The entire process will be self reinforcing and self-perpetuating. Momentum. That Newtonian stuff. A body in motion… You will be a body in motion seeking and finding new ideas, new games, new playings, new, new, new –creative, creative, creative. Almost unimaginably fun. All yours. Then yours to share. We are standing on the shoulders of giants. Stephen Jepson neverleavetheplayground.com
Research indicates that continued engagement in challenging mental activities keeps the brain performing well. My path is to be constantly learning new complex physical things (many would regard what I do as playing); at age 72 I am learning to fly an airplane and juggle clubs. For me flying an airplane is significantly easier than juggling clubs. The things I practice have yielded improvements in my balance, stability, coordination, and memory. My creativity has been stimulated. “The essence of creativity is not the possession of some special talent, it is much more the ability to play”. John Cleese
“it’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it–soon I will be sitting at the bar sipping a painkiller at Rhymers here on the beach at Cane Garden Bay ––– contemplating the playground.”