Daily Revolution 4: PLAY YOUR WAY
As a career and life coach, my work is to help people know themselves, and make a contribution to the world. I help clients redefine the expectations of the world around the contribution they want to make. Brazen? Sure. And effective as hell.
Yesterday, while my kids were playing, I heard repeated loud banging in the playroom. So I did what moms over millennia have done: I ignored it.
After 10 minutes or so, I investigated and saw what you saw, my son using a stick to destroy a small pinball machine.
My child plays unconventionally, so I asked him what game he was playing. He took a beat, knowing he'd broken something and wanting to know if he'd get in trouble. When he realized he was OKAY, he told me how he was trying to remove the springs to make his own slinky.
To his credit, there are many interesting pieces, blinking lights and sounds in a pinball machine. He just wanted to get inside and see how they all work.
My son is five. He's been taking apart electronic toys since he was two.
You can play with toys the way you're “supposed to”, or you can play with them the way you want to. You can do life the way you’re supposed to, or you can live it on your terms.
I fill wine glasses with kombucha, so my kids and I can have fancy drinks without the booze. I wear taffeta to the office. I got a nose ring at 46. I’m not supposed to do any of that.
I believe that true play, at every age, is done the way you want to.
How do you want to play today? What expectations can you question? Feel like dancing in line at Starbucks? Want to wear mylar shoes? Give flowers to people on the street just because?
Play the way you want to. Rewrite the rules.
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