In recent blog readings (down some rabbit holes in fact), I’ve seen lists about playing, lists about summer fun, lists about self-care, and some thinking about what your “fun age” is. As part of Release (my WOTY), both Playing More and Doing Things that are Frivolous were on my 20 for 2020 list. As I look at these various lists, I ponder, “What is play?” Is it part of self-care? Is it experiencing jolts of joy? Is it frivolous? Is it summer fun? Does it matter?
I’ve created my own list of Summer Play, pulling inspiration from many of these various sources. I’m going to keep this list front and center this summer. I think it will be helpful to bring more lightness into my life. I’m not sure what fun age it makes me! And since some of my regular activities might be impossible this summer, given the state of Covid-19 in our area, hopefully this list will keep me thinking and acting more positive as we progress into the heat of summer.
My Summer of Play – A Possibilities List
- Read a few light-hearted, happy-ending, summer books
- Take a walk/hike, preferably with a friend
- Take pictures on my walk, if alone
- Go to a museum (beat the heat)
- Picnic outdoors – park/beach/back yard?
- Take a (new) yoga class or cardio class
- Color in my coloring book
- Collect shells at the beach
- Fly a kite at the beach
- Build a sandcastle
- Play catch with Taylor (our dog)
- Go to the movies (or watch a movie on TV!)
- Watch the clouds, the lightening, the sunrise, the sunset (stop and enjoy moments of nature)
- Treat myself to soft serve ice-cream cone
- Go for a long bike ride
- Take out the SUP or kayak
- Play with words – crosswords, scrabble, word search
- Synthesize reading/studying on a subject (yes, this is fun for me)
- Go to craft show or art-walk (OK, probably not this summer)
- Find fresh tomatoes and fresh corn (somewhere!)
- Try new foods
- Try new recipes
- Do a tarot reading
- Eat a lot of summer fruits
- Enjoy ice cream – Magnum ice cream bars!
- Play with my craft stuff (for me that’s wire wrapping, beading, origami)
- Wear clothes that make me feel good – buy a new sundress?
- Get a pedicure (or a manicure?)
- Do a jigsaw puzzle
- Get take-out – BBQ, Sushi, Thai
- Explore local gardens or parks (with a friend?)
- Go bird-watching
- Use the fire pit (s’mores?)
- Margaritas on the porch
What are you doing to play this summer? Can you add an idea to my list?