What does “play” mean to you?

I’ve been thinking quite a lot lately about the place of play in my own life. As a serious mostly-only-child (until I was nearly 10), I sometimes feel like play does not come naturally to me. And if you have to work on it, to focus on it, to aim for it – is it really play?

And yet, perhaps play is reading great imaginary stories. Or play can be discovering new cities, new adventure, or new trails.

But to me, I’m always looking for ways to build more time for unstructured, free-form, offline play. Seeking ways to teach myself as an adult, I don’t always have to be serious.

How do you play, in big and small, everyday and extraordinary ways?

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. John Muir