nothing hard about being playful

May 26th, 2014

There’s nothing hard about being playful. The hard thing is let yourself out to play so that you have that choice, the hard thing is recognising the opportunity, the brave thing is accepting the invitation.

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When you are feeling playful, it doesn’t seem particularly brave to come out and play, to invite someone to play with you, even at the office, even with a stranger. When you’re not feeling playful, it seems foreboding, forbidden, wrong, dangerous, even. You risk being laughed at, made to feel foolish, seeming disrespectful, childish, crazy. And to act playfully, to be playful, given all that, is exactly that: brave.

Bernie DeKoven, A Playful Path, 2014

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