We Need to Remember How to Play Again

by Carlo Alcos Nov 12, 2011

When did life get so dang serious?

IF YOU’RE LIKE ME and have watched the TED Talk video above, you probably have tears in your eyes from laughing so hard. Actually, they’re not just tears of laughter, they’re tears of love too because this kind of thing brings pure joy to my heart. Life can feel heavy. Oftentimes it is. To get a glimpse into the absurdity of it all now and again is a gift.

I love how sharing experiences connects us. In the “no pants train ride” the lady reading the book finally connects to the Danish guys and shares a laugh, like she was given permission to do so. I love Charlie’s point at the end:

As kids we’re taught to play and we’re never given a reason why we should play, it’s just acceptable that play is a good thing…I think as adults we need to learn that there’s no right or wrong way to play.

At this stage in my life, I’m learning to play again. I want to break free from the shell of seriousness and “staying cool.” I want to learn to be silly again. I want to share a laugh with everyone.

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