Sunday, March 15, 2009

Play Time

How are you today? I'm feeling pretty great, I'm in my dressing gown eating Petit Filous and a banana, and I'm taking a short break from my dissertation to write an overdue blog post.

Life's Good.

Anyway. Play time. Fun time. I am of the firm belief that having fun is a human necessity. I try to live by the motto "work hard, play hard", which I'm sure many of you do as well. It's that balance of having fun and working that's important.

Whether you have a boring job, or if you're lucky enough to enjoy and be creative at your work, I would still encourage you to take time out and just get silly every now and again. Have fun with your friends, do things that will make you feel good, because feeling good is great . Go throw a frisbee in a park, play some drinking games, swing a yo-yo, write a poem, sing karaoke badly and love it!

I think even if you do love your job, the idea of having some fun in a totally different environment can be very beneficial for your mental health. Kids shouldn't be the only ones who are allowed to play when they get home.

As I said though, there's a balance. I know far too many people who play video games or enjoy certain vices just for the sake of it. When there's no real end product and you're just indulging for the sake of it, you're not striking that balance. Indulging. That's a good word. Only you can truly know the difference between having productive fun and being overly indulgent. If your days are whizzing by and not much is getting done, ask yourself why. Analyse how you're spending your time. Stop yourself from getting bored and stop yourself from not living.

Life is good and bad; rough and smooth; work and play. Embrace it, and you'll have a lot more fun along the way.

Thanks to my friend Gallane for this, possibly the best video on YouTube: