How would I introduce more play in my life?

Where Is Stephen Juggling?

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Just let your inner child’s nature roam free in quest of play – I am just kidding.

The dictionary shows many definitions for the word play. Indeed there are many ways to play.

I believe the evolutionary history of Homo sapiens suggests we spent a long time improving our hunter and gathering skills. Our brains got better and better at controlling our bodies to do a variety of movements with our hands and feet. Our brains evolved to help us move better.

My use of the word play is the variety of physical stuff we did on the playground in our youth. Including: jump rope, jacks, marbles, hopscotch, merry-go-round, swings, teeter totters, monkey bars, basketball, ring toss, and on and on… With my playings and games I want to emulate, approximate some of the kind of movements we used as children to train our motor skills. I give the right hand and left hand and right foot and left foot unique challenges for the brain and body. This provides many advantages, including better: balance, stability, coordination, memory, creativity, mood… Overall improved health. Plus, beyond contributing to neurogenesis in a major way – my games are fun.

That is what I want to suggest for all – find fun new ways to move your hands and feet and be playful in your quest.

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.