The 4 Tenets of My Adventure Playground
Remember when you were a kid and the only thing on your mind was playing? I remember searching for doodlebugs under rocks and letting them crawl on my hands. I remember doing handstands on the wall just because it felt like the right thing to do. I remember being chased by bees on my bike. I remember hiding in the bushes trying to catch sight of hummingbirds who would come to my neighbor’s patio looking for food. I remember pretending I was a mermaid down at the pool during the summers.
I don’t remember ever thinking about exercise. Or how I needed to lose weight. Or sitting on the sofa thinking I should really go out for a run before it gets dark.
What is it that we lose when we reach adulthood? What is it that makes us shed our world of imagination and play for a world of things we need to do or we should do? We lose a part of ourselves when we grow up because we think that is what we are supposed to do. That’s just how the world works.
But that isn’t how the world works.
We can have all of that back, we just have to remember what it is to feel like a kid again. We have to bring back those characteristics that made everything so simple and so much fun.
I believe that there are four characteristics of childhood that we need to bring back into our adult lives. I call these the four tenets of My Adventure Playground. They are the four areas of our life that we will focus on in order to bring about health, fitness and happiness.
Everything you do should be joyful. Never do something you don’t like if you can help it. Make everything a game. Learn to love doing something rather than working for a result. Dr. Stuart Brown, expert in play psychology, says that the opposite of play is not work. The opposite of play is depression. Don’t let the world bring you down with its rules and its expectations. Simply live to live.
Be curious about everything. Learn something new every day. Ask yourself “What would happen if I…” Don’t let the grown up in you tell you that you shouldn’t. If you get that little voice in your head that tells you “what if..” then listen to it. If it doesn’t harm anyone, then go for it. Keep learning until the day you die.
A little bit of fear is natural for most people. It’s what keeps us from walking up to a mountain lion and asking it to be our friend. But it’s unnatural to keep yourself hidden away because you’re afraid something bad might happen. Think of all the adventures you’re missing out on because you’re afraid. Do you know how long it took me to dig up enough courage to take a Parkour class? Way too long. And I’m glad I finally did it because I wouldn’t be talking to you now if I hadn’t gone. Don’t let fear waste your life away.
Movement is essential in our lives. When we’re first born our bodies are in near constant movement. Movement builds strength in our bodies and builds connections in our brains. We are not meant to sit around for hours at a time in front of computers and televisions. We need movement for proper body and mind function. We need to teach ourselves to be like children, in constant state of energy.
If you live your life by these four tenets, you will find many things in your life fall into place. Your body will begin to work the way it’s supposed to. You’ll find your nights more restful and your days more joyful. Try to incorporate each one of these tenets daily into your life.
Go out there and live by these tenets and then tell me about your experiences with them.
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