Did You Lose Freedom of Time? Find Joy in Playtime.
When I was growing up, we rode bikes in our neighborhood and got lost in imaginary worlds until the fireflies lit up the sky to tell us it was time to go home. I would then hear in the distance my mom’s voice calling me back. I also danced in my room and went into other realms that were full of great possibilities.
Do you have similar memories as a child? I think we all experienced this on some level during our childhood. But then, something happened.
I heard about parents scheduling “playdates” for their kids & filled their time with practices, rehearsals, tutoring lessons… I felt sad for them, sensing that perhaps these younger generations might not know about these times/spaces of freedom. And maybe worse, the grownups who imposed this lifestyle onto their children also cut themselves off from their joy with their hectic schedules.
So what if we reclaimed it now? All of us, old and young.
What if we allowed ourselves time to wander, roam, dance, play, and feel free again until the fireflies called us back home?
During the pandemic, most of our busy schedules got torn away like a security blanket pried out of our hands. Perhaps it exposed this chaotically structured way of living, which somehow gave us validation and purpose.
Some people felt uncomfortable with this sudden empty schedule and filled it again with zoom meetings, Facetime, and other ways to stay busy. Then others reveled in the new freedom of time even amid the chaos, confusion, anxiety around the state of the world.
For me, I found time to explore my inner world at a depth I had not allowed myself to experience since I was a young, joyful girl at play who used to dance away the chaos of her outer world. Because of that, this year has been one of the most healing and creative years of my life. In healing, I faced my shadows, made friends with some, and said goodbye to others, which then made space for a more vibrant radiance. With regards to creativity, I danced on a stage after a 10-year retirement, wrote my first book and co-authored another, created innovative programs, and opened up to more ideas I didn’t know were possible before.