I love otters!
Otters have always intrigued me with their quizzical nature, playfulness and the way they float on their backs with the young asleep on their tummy!
Let’s face it, most animals play way more than we do. They don’t drive to work. They don’t sit in traffic jams. They do what they need to do.
Yes, they might work building a home, and feeding themselves and their young – survival – but the rest of the time is either sleeping and play.
We need to play more.
As children, we learn everything through play. As babies we put everything in our mouths – the tongue is sensitive and really good at differentiating textures as well as taste.
As young children, we learn by comparing physical experiences, by interacting with other people and our own feelings.
It is often a full-body activity that helps develop skills we need in later life – running, climbing, rolling, dancing – these activities all help with muscle development and help fine-tune our motor skills.
We also learn an enormous amount through our imagination – building our mental and emotional muscles. Play is what pulls the logical and creative parts of the brain together.
But as we grow up and go through school, play is used less and less in teaching and essentially we have the sense of play ‘knocked out of us’.
Play becomes ‘formal’ and structured… sports, board games, even computer games where it is all about winning and losing.
I’m not saying that understanding that life is a competition is a bad thing, but life IS about being happy – in everything you are doing.
For me, painting allows me to go back to a childhood way of learning… imagination, motor skills, self-expression, mindfulness and I ALWAYS feel happy…
If you have or have had young children of your own, remember how you feel when you play with them on their terms… the tea parties, or follow the leader with Olaf (always a good one 🤣) or lego… just sticking bricks together to make whatever the imagination can conceive without constraint.
My challenge to you this week is go and PLAY!
It’s not important whether you play by yourself or with others – what is important is that you let go… get in the moment and BE in that moment.
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With love xx
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Acrylic on Canvas.
Medium: Acrylic on 100% acid-free cotton, board-backed Artist Canvas
Width: 30 cm
Height: 30 cm
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