They say that a person enters their second childhood when they hit old age, but anybody who looks in my bedroom would think I’ve either never left childhood, or I’m prematurely old.
I have a collection of at least a hundred stuffed animals. Besides the ones I sleep with (a teddy bear, a siberian tiger, a bunny rabbit, and a wolf) I have two short bookcases full of stuffed animals as well as a 8 foot long shelf full of stuffed animals. I also have toys, My Little Pony and assorted MLP accessories, coloring books and crayons and markers, Magnetix building materials, Dolls and clothing, Hot Wheels and tracks, and recently I picked up a book of paper dolls and clothing for them.
Yes, I really do play with all my toys.
Besides the toys, I go to parks and swing on the swings, slide down the slides. We have an indoor play center that has go carts, an 18 hole miniature golf course, laser tag, interactive mech warrior games and more that Conall and I go to frequently.
We’ve found that playing, honest to goodness playing (not just doing something active because we should), helps us to de-stress better than anything else. Whether it’s racing our Hot Wheels (yes, he has his also) or getting into a good laser tag game (on the same side) and destroying the other team, just doing something that has no redeeming value does wonders for us. Playing feeds my soul.
Besides actual playing, I have other things that feed my soul and help me relax. All of the crafts I do. Cooking and baking (and I so can’t wait til the new oven gets here). Even, to some extent, sewing. Although it’s the bane of my existence, when I’ve finished a new article of clothing for our reenactment group, I’m very happy and satisfied. Okay, it’s not necessarily relaxing when I’m making it, but when I’m in it, knowing that I’ve made it (and knowing how much I’ve struggled to make it) gives me a good feeling.
What do you do for play? What activities helps you to relax, or even challenges you, but in doing so, feeds your soul? And would you admit to the world that you sleep with a teddy bear (if you do, that is)? 🙂