Children should play, adults aren’t. As an adult, we’re prepared to behave and conform to the standards of society; they tell us to walk without running, maintain our voice controlled, do not disrupt, do not climb, do not jump, do not shout, and the list continues on and on. Most people actually think that is what qualifies a person to be an adult and a suitable, socialized citizen.
By upholding this belief, nearly all adults become stiff, unyielding- cutting imagination and play almost completely from their lives. Yet play is the greatest new behavior generator. It’s a boundless source for experimentation and creativity. If I’m talking to someone and ask them to attempt something they might feel uncomfortable or fearful of doing this activity, or answering the questions. By putting the word, envision, facing the question, I’m inviting a mental shift and encouraging imagination and play to happen, thereby changing the psychological state of that individual.
Now, that person feels free to explore without self doubts and fears holding them back. This is the power of drama. I frequently encounter people who say, “Oh, I can not learn that, I’m too old.” Another comment I often hear is, “Children learn much quicker then adults, the adult brain isn’t capable of soaking up information how a child’s brain is.” Well, if you think that, then it surely is true for you, but I do not. Actually, people often tell me that I learn extremely quickly and my answer is,”I learn faster, better, and smarter today than I ever did before.” In part this is a result of my personal philosophy and attitude towards learning and the connection between learning and play.
Play enables me to experiment, be creative, lighthearted and carefree. I had been teaching my boss, a serious man of 60 years old, the way to use his new laptop. He had been listening to me and carefully moving the mouse around the screen, following my directions. The whole process of teaching him the fundamentals of a program proved excruciatingly slow since he was not able to get past his fear of destroying or screwing something up.
Caution overtook fascination and enthusiasm, and the outcome was a really difficult and tedious learning procedure. If I was to place a lively adult in his stead, yes such a species does exist, then that individual would be jumping all over the menus, pushing all the buttons and quickly exploring the new computer choices. If you’ve forgotten how, it is never too late to re-learn how to perform, it is simple, it’s natural, and scientists are beginning to learn that’s essential for development. Learn how to cultivate a lively and inquisitive attitude towards fresh and familiar things; it is the best recipe for staying youthful, active, and intelligent.