I Officially Resign from Adulthood

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Some days are just bad days where we wish we could give up this whole adult charade, go to recess and get back to when times a bit simpler.

Can I get and “Amen?”

Life seems to get too serious as an adult, more responsibilities mean more worries, more stress and more body aches.

I’ve spoken to hundreds of people about this exact issue and posed the question, “What does play mean to you?” Sadly, often times the response is a blank look as if the term “play” is a foreign word.

Then I ask them to remember what play was like when they were kids. Many people remember play as an unstructured time where they were engaged in something, interesting, enjoyable and satisfying.

Even just this reflection can begin to kindle the flames of play, you can try it out right now to see what I mean.

If you can get like me at times where I feel like giving up adulthood, then I ask you, “What would the days, weeks and months ahead be like ifthere was more of unstructured, playful appointments with yourself in your life?”

Doubting that play leads to resiliency and happiness? Consider this:

Statistics show that the more negative our attitude is, the more likely we are to experience negative things in life. A sort of self-fulfilling prophecy.

Conversely, when we believe something is going to work, it tends to have in impact on our perception of it working….and it works (placebo effect)!

Go ahead, take a moment to recall what play was like for you as a kid and bring mindfulness to the quality of experience in your mind, body and emotions as you do it. Consider what the elements of play for you, were you with other people, by yourself, were you inside our outside, were you building things or drawing things?

How do the elements of play for you as a child translate to play as an adult.

Take moments of officially resigning from adulthood and stepping into play. It’s good brain fertilizer!



Author of Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Adapted from Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

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