Bloganuary – day 4

It’s been a busy day and I almost forgot that Bloganuary was happening! But I’m determined to continue building my habits and following along with my goals.

So after a busy day of work and relaxing and just getting back from a candlelight jazz concert, day 4’s prompt is: What is a treasure that has been lost?

I could take this prompt in a myriad of directions (is this even the right use of the word myriad?). I’ve been thinking about this prompt all day. Should I talk about a physical treasure? A treasure that related to human development and occupational therapy? A metaphor?

I think I’ve settled on play as the treasure that has been lost. This is play for both adults and for children. Children these days are often lost in screens, and miss out on the kind of play we used to do years ago. As an occupational therapist, I recognize the necessity of screens for a lot of parents to have a chance to get things done. I also have a lot of positive experience where my verbally delayed paediatric clients have developed language from watching different videos online, so I cherish that too. But when I was a kid (aging myself now), my sister and I engaged in a lot more imaginative and physical play. We had limited access to the computer and only had one tv so we had to share with everyone. This meant there was a lot more time when we were “bored” and had to figure out how to entertain ourselves. That’s when imaginative play came in and we wrote songs, made up dances and played Barbies. In these moments we learned a lot about ourselves and worked on important skills like social skills, creativity, sharing, turn taking etc.

When it comes to adults, I believe we are so busy and engrossed in hustle culture these days, that we forget to play too. Whether that be playing video games, going for hikes, dancing, playing sports etc, adults can be so serious that we lose that spark that we get from playing. Today I really enjoyed taking some time to move my body intentionally but in a fun way. I didn’t feel like I was working out because I danced and listened to my favourite music as I did some weights. I also went back to my childhood enjoyment of playing video games as I played a new cozy game called Hokko life ! I think 2023 I want to relearn how to play and find joy in my days instead of feeling like everything I do is a chore.

In the upcoming months I want to take time to move in fun ways, play games, dance, paint, go exploring and spend time doing things that bring me joy. I want to try to explore new places with a childlike mind, and experience new things. 2023 will be my year to make every moment as exciting and playful as possible! I’m excited for all the adventures yet to be had!

What treasure have you lost in your world? Can you try to get it back in 2023?

Published by maiiflowerr

Pronouns She/Her/they/them. I'm a millennial just trying to make a difference in the world, and create space for people to accept themselves and live their best lives. My fiancee, Sydney, and I are mothers to our two goofy cats, and the queens of creative adventures. I am an Occupational therapist, a dancer and a yoga instructor with a passion for supporting people and creating community.

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