Take Time to Play Each Day

About a year ago I learned about Parkour through an NFPW member whose son is an active participant. When I first watched a video depicting it, I was drawn to how each person moved throughout the space. I recalled movements from my childhood. Yet, these were adults who seemed to be playing.

In actuality, Parkour, according to Wikipedia, is a “holistic training discipline [in which] practitioners aim to move quickly and efficiently through their environment using only their bodies and their surroundings to propel themselves.”

After watching Ryan Ford and his friends, I found myself wanting to skip more and jump from the bottom step (sometimes I even jump a few steps, but not when I’m wearing heals!). Recently, Ford gave a Tedx and encouraged the audience to “take time each day to play.”

You might feel a bit silly skipping down the hall, but maybe you could spin your desk chair once. Or you could balance on a sidewalk curb. Be creative about what you try. Ford encourages, “There are no obstacles, only opportunities.”

The point is about putting movement and play into your day.

As George Bernard Shaw said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

How will you play today?