I could not resist! Driving home recently from a late afternoon appointment, I cruised by the kiddies’ rides in Kinsmen Park and thought to myself, “Why not?”
It was a stellar September day – sunny, calm and warm as could be – a beautiful day for a ride.
I pulled into the parking lot, bought myself tickets and hopped on a horse. When the merry go round rolled to a stop, I took to the skies on the Ferris wheel.
I ride carousels everywhere we go on our travels, and I hadn’t been on this one yet – this year!!! I’m glad I took that little detour and a timeout to play.
When I posted these photos and reflections on my experience to my Facebook page, I was struck by the dozens of responses I received.
A large number of people commented with some variation on this sentiment:
- Love it!
Some had more to say:
- Love your amazing spirit.
- Love your sense of adventure.
- Love your childlike playfulness.
- How bold! And fun!
- Love how you grabbed the unexpected opportunity.
A few proffered advice:
- Live in the moment and enjoy!
- Seize the day.
- Never get too old to play.
What struck me most, though, were responses that reflected a kind of wistful, wishful thinking:
- I’ve been thinking the same thing.
- So many of us would think of it but then remember the ‘to do’ list.
- I need to do that one day very soon.
- I have always wanted to but never had the courage.
I’m guessing that many of us feel the urge to let loose and play more often than we might realize. I’m also guessing that we talk ourselves out of that impulse in favor of carrying on with our busy adult days. That would be the mature and grown-up thing to do! And after all, what would people think?
Well, as I found out, people think that taking time to play in childlike ways is downright amazing and admirable. And, it’s a gift many would claim for themselves.
So, when the next playful impulse strikes, why not do yourself a favor and say yes. Who knows who else you might inspire to do the same? And, based on my own experience, it’s a sure bet, that the world will keep on turning for those few moments when you take time out to play.