For those of you old enough, cue Ahmad please…
Do you remember when you were a kid running around carefree playing hide and seek or jumping on your bike and pedaling as fast as you could to be faster than the wind? It’s when you gave everything you had to break the hand chain in Red Rover, Red Rover and fought with all your strength down to the very last finger to be the last one remaining on the monkey bars. You hated being called to come inside for dinner or when the sun came down because you still wanted to play. You created planes out of paper and constructed the biggest spaceship out of Legos using your imagination. You had fun. You played. You played hard.
Mark’s Daily Apple recently posted an article on 16 Things You Should Have Never Stopped Doing. In his post, he lists activities and actions that were fundamental to our youth and yet somewhere along our paths to adulthood, we stopped doing them. Our schedules filled up with grown up responsibilities and as Mark explains, society pushed us along as adolescents to maturity. Our fearlessness gave way to apprehension and self doubt and our natural instincts to be curious became muted. We all need time for ourselves to relax and enjoy the simple things life has to offer. I’ve watched children on planes be so much more amused with a plastic cup rather than the toys their parents bring. Their sense of wonderment is simply comical and yet they don’t know any better…or do they???
With a long weekend ahead for some of you, I invite all of you to pick an activity (or a few) from Mark’s post and get out there and play till your heart’s content! Return to your youth, seek out your imagination and creativity and play!
Bench press 3×5
Then: AMRAP 8