Tuesday November 17, 2009
Come play with DNTO
Hey DNTO players,
Sook-Yin Lee here. Coming up this week on Definitely Not the Opera, we get down to some serious playing.
Now the thing is, there's a tendency to equate play with childhood, that somehow the under twelve crowd are the only ones who can indulge in fun, silly, frivolous play. When you behave that way as an adult, you're often considered immature, or people say you're acting like a kid, or (like how often I'm described) "child-like". It seems strange to me, because a great deal of my childhood was spent in terror and confusion. I have no desire to return to the horrors of my childhood, but I have maintained a playful spirit throughout my life.
See, playing is not just for kids. As adults we play all the time in subtle ways that make our lives so much more enjoyable.
Like lately when I go for a walk, I have a lot of fun interacting with buildings. A torn down construction site, graffiti on the walls, or a giant billboard advertising a local Chinatown hardware store are all potential playgrounds.
Here are some photos my pal Adam and I took of each other while playing.
Adam with bow.
Sook-Yin with Brick.
Adam with lady.
Sook-Yin with lady.
Be sure to tune into our "Play Time!" episode of DNTO this Saturday, Nov. 21st at 2PM on CBC Radio 1!
Previous Comments (2)
I was feeling miserable, because I thought to myself "I never play anymore".
Playing as an adult is equally as quiet as when I was a child. Touching things, looking at people, places and things. Closing my eyes and smelling and sniffing, and generally enjoying the wonder of my world. But over the past year, I've become too busy, and I haven't taken the time to enjoy those small pleasures.
But I've experienced a huge change, that I hadn't even considered. At work. I've recently been assigned a project with a different co-worker. And work has become play because of it. We tease each other, and laugh constantly, as we point out each others's mistakes. When a new problem arrises, we keep passing ideas back and forth, in the same way children do. We have no fear and have cultivated tremendous trust. We both work far more effectively because of it.
The experience of working with someone who plays with me has totally changed my work environment!Laureen, November 21, 2009 10:52 PM
Oh.. what a relief to see that people are admitting the power of play! Thank you DNTO for having pillow fights, and making this a topic of discussion. I'm a huge advocate, and "Chiefess Bouffon" in Vancouver (http://www.buffooneryworkshops.com) Keep playing! Many thanks, TrilbyTrilby Jeeves, December 2, 2009 4:10 AM