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Why stop playing because you are an…. adult?

When I was little, I didn’t want to grow up.

It was very clear I didn’t want to become an adult. It seemed a whole lot less fun. I wasn’t too far off!

Well, despite my resistance, I did “grow up” or at least I got bigger. I still fight the notion of being an adult, and now have as a mission to keep adults playing (Buffoonery Workshops). In my mind, it’s all about balancing the overwhelming seriousness of life with some playfulness.

Finding your playful bouffon!

Is it possible?

Here is an article by the Vancouver Sun published July 2012 on this topic. Would love to know your thoughts!

Adults relearn benefits of play

For anyone who’s stared longingly at a swing-set or quietly cursed the height restriction at McDonald’s Playland, the International Council on Active Aging brings a ball-pit full of good news.

At the organization’s latest annual conference, “older-adult playgrounds” were endorsed as a way of getting baby boomers and seniors to embrace healthier, active lifestyles. Like an Amber Alert for your inner child, the idea is to help grown-ups recover their sense of play and trick them into exercising at the same time.

Permission To Play…

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When I was little, I didn’t want to grow up. The grown up world looked terribly serious.

One day when we were kids hanging out in the back yard, my friend told me that she couldn’t wait to get married and have kids. Wow. I thought she was nuts. Not me!

Now, gazillions of years later I know what my childhood instincts were telling me. There was going to be a lot less play in the grown up world and a lot more problems to solve. I just knew.

One day on a walk, I watched an impish mix of  adults and kids playing soccer with abandon. It made me grin and I knew that nothing else could be on their minds. Too busy playing, they were in the elusive “now” where all the great contemporary gurus are telling us to be. (have you read Eckart Tolle’s book “The Power of Now”?) The soccer game was a perfect example.

Theatre stage work offers this opportunity for me and I believe my journey to this world was an honest trek from childhood. I needed to keep playing. It felt like air, a serious necessity. Being a character on a stage, in a situation, with a live audience, if you are sincere with your work, telling a story, will keep you divinely present. Read more