On social media last week I shared a playful interaction I had with a stranger in a parking lot. A comment I got under that post, stopped me in my tracks.
“I need ‘fun’ lessons! Play was frowned upon in my family of origin.”
Sadly, it’s not the first time I’ve heard this.
Some people were explicitly taught not to play as children.
They heard “Knock it off!” and “Stop messin’ around!”
Others had the freedom to play as children, but as adults, the stress of life’s responsibilities overwhelm them to the point where they spend every moment“working”. Either physically working at a job or in the home, or mentally engaged in the battle of worrying about the past and future, leaving no room for spontaneity, creativity, or connection.
Regardless if you’re Type 1 or Type 2 Play Deficient,