It is a happy talent to know how to play.Ralph Waldo Emerson
For the past couple of weeks I have been hearing different people telling me to “Just play with it.” The concept is interesting.
A friend showed me some Budokon moves and I practiced them with him for a bit. Then he told me to play around with it in the grass. Another friend showed me some primal movement and said the same thing. You may be thinking to yourselves “Oh that isn’t such a big deal.” However, to me, it was a big deal.
I was shocked at how I couldn’t play with it. There was a barrier, a hesitation to do whatever came naturally. I couldn’t follow my instincts because I did not know what they want me to do. I have been detached with my playful inner child that I had no idea how to play around in the grass. It felt awkward.
I have noticed how when we are kids we are present in the moment. Kids just play around. They have a pure heart. They fight and then they make up the next second and continue playing. To kids nothing else matters. All that matters is what is happening in the now.
As kids grow up they are conditioned. They are conditioned by parents, by the teachers in the school, by the media and by society. They are taught to act a certain way, to talk a certain way, to play a certain way, to eat a certain way and to dance a certain way. They are taught to live life a certain way.
Then as those kids turn into adults and start working, they realise that they aren’t happy. They aren’t happy because they are living life in a way that does not align with their true selves. They are living life the way that they were taught rather than the way they naturally want to. They are taught from a young age that once you get a job you’ll be happy. Once they do get a job, they start questioning life. What more is there to life? What do we do next?
All we then try to do is go back to being kids. The idea of playing in the grass is exciting to us. We start trying to try things out that make us happy. We try yoga, we try dancing, we try playing sports, we try working out or we go on adventures.
What we fail to realise is that we used to do all these things when we were kids. When we weren’t conditioned. All these things come naturally to kids. When you are living in a way that aligns with your natural instincts to live life, you are automatically happy. There is less resistance and you are more content.
Embrace the inner child within you. Let that child come out and play. Let that child hold the reigns to your life and have some fun.