We don’t have to think about breathing to survive. It happens automatically, in the background. Our habits, fears, anxieties, and addictions work in similar ways.
Like breathing, play is a fundamental aspect of our survival. Play frees us from established patterns and helps us build new neural pathways to happiness. It offers a blank canvass where we determine what matters and learn how to adapt to the unexpected or complex.
Intrinsic motivation trumps extrinsic.
What brings you joy? Do you love to make people laugh? Travel or seek out new experiences? Make things or decorate? Dance, swim, run, or participate in other sports? Lead groups of people or host events? Collect objects? Paint, act, or perform?
Go ahead. Give yourself permission to play.
The point isn’t to win; it’s to keep playing.