It’s interesting really how the thought of play can mean different things for so many people. The thought of play can be anything from playing with dolls to reading a book. I feel like the whole premise of play is to have fun! Though what is fun? What is play?

The Merriam-Websters definition of play is as follows,”recreational activity; especially: the spontaneous act of children,” that’s one of the definition’s anyway. Though I found this definition interesting. They relate to the word play by something children do. Why is it that the play of older people aren’t recognized? Now maybe you don’t agree with me that play is looked down upon for adults and or teenagers, but it’s there. My friend’s and I sit behind the gym at lunch and we will be eating and chatting, you know usual lunch antics. Suddenly two other students will run by yelling tag you’re it! My friends usually look with disgust and say,” Can you not.” When they say that I remain silent, but i think to myself why does it have to be such a big deal when people are playing and having fun? It’s the same thing with adults some people find it cute when college kids are playing on the playground while others frown upon the, ‘immature behavior.” Of course it’s different when they are being mischievous and problematic, but if they are not doing any harm what’s the big deal? I’m a strong believer that you need to be a kid as long as possible. Yes, there are times when you need to act like your age, but when you don’t need to then why should you? Being a child is one of the best times in your life. It’s free it’s fun and you can be yourself without an judgment.

I was returned to this magical feeling when i spent my hour of play playing, “Detective,” with my little cousins. We had discovered a “crime scene.” The magic wand had been stolen and we had to find it. THE WORLD’S WELL BEING WAS AT STAKE!!! We roamed around the park finding clue after clue. When suddenly we found who stole the wand. IT WAS MR. SQUIRREL!! The squirrel was chased in high pursuit, but he got away. However, he did drop the wand on his way to his tree that led to his secret lair! We had found the wand once again and the world was safe. We dug a small hole and buried it because it’s powers were too great to let anyone get a hold of it again.

Did people stare at me? Yes. But hey I had the most fun that i’ve had in a looooong time. It was almost rejuvenating. My brain was clearer afterwards. The best way I could describe it is waking up from a great night’s sleep and having the feeling that you could get a lot of work done. My point here is that it doesn’t matter how old you are. It doesn’t matter how weird you’ll look! Just get up out of your seat and off your phone and play! Let your imagination to be free. I don’t care if you are eighty- five years old, you have the ability deep inside you to be a kid again. The ability to be who you want to be whenever you want.

All you gotta do is play.

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