The playground of our youth was a training ground

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

Stephen Jepson says: “quit hungry for the experience”

If you want to learn something physical that is difficult; practice often and quit hungry for the experience. Practice for brief periods of time. Do not practice when you are tired and when you begin to make mistakes quit your practice. Imagine a golden thread fastened to the center of your chest pulling you to your next session “tomorrow at 8 AM–10 AM–whenever, I get to practice again. You want to look forward to your next session with a happy, expectant anticipation–not drudgery. It will keep your learning fun, interesting, and exciting.

Keeping the brain and body functioning well

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.