Why is Stephen Jepson playing this way?

Why is Stephen Jepson playing this way?

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What in the world is going on?

When I was growing up in the 40s and 50s in Sioux City, Iowa I played outside whenever I was not in school. On beautiful summer days and during raging blizzards in the winter time – every day was an adventure as I explored new places. I wandered far and wide in my Northside neighborhood. Sometimes I was by myself and other times with neighbor kids playing games and riding our bicycles. We roller skated in the summer (we had skates that would fasten to the bottom of our shoes) and ice skated and went sledding on our Flexible Flyers when there was adequate snow in the winter. With March came the beginning of spring and constant winds to fly my kites. The winds blew with such regularity and force I was able to stake my kite string to the ground letting the kite fly while I went home to lunch.

As a child I was constantly on the move – out side.

It seems to me that children today are missing out. They are living lives that lack adventure and lack enough physical movement and activity. This does not seem like a good thing to me. Why are mothers across our country not saying to their children: “go outside and play!”. What will come of our nation with millions of children no longer playing outside, roaming the neighborhoods and countryside? This is not a matter of little importance; children playing outside is extremely important.

What in the world is going on?

What in the world is going on?

Stephen_jepson_playing

Why is Stephen Jepson playing this way?

When I was growing up in the 40s and 50s in Sioux City, Iowa I played outside whenever I was not in school. On beautiful summer days and during raging blizzards in the winter time – every day was an adventure as I explored new places. I wandered far and wide in my Northside neighborhood. Sometimes I was by myself and other times with neighbor kids playing games and riding our bicycles. We roller skated in the summer (we had skates that would fasten to the bottom of our shoes) and ice skated and went sledding on our Flexible Flyers when there was adequate snow in the winter. With March came the beginning of spring and constant winds to fly my kites. The winds blew with such regularity and force I was able to stake my kite string to the ground letting the kite fly while I went home to lunch.

As a child I was constantly on the move – out side.

It seems to me that children today are missing out. They are living lives that lack adventure and lack enough physical movement and activity. This does not seem like a good thing to me. Why are mothers across our country not saying to their children: “go outside and play!”. What will come of our nation with millions of children no longer playing outside, roaming the neighborhoods and countryside? This is not a matter of little importance; children playing outside is extremely important.

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.