I was very excited when I created this blog. You might remember. I said, "I'm going to play around with words and experiment with ideas," as I explained why I needed yet another blog. I also said, "Who knows where these posts will lead? They might turn into blog posts or podcasts or videos." But my recent posts haven't turned into anything. It's hard to turn nothing into something.
Perhaps I don't need this blog. Maybe it was just one of those wild ideas which only looked good as I hit the 'create new blog' button. Have I really got time to write here? Maybe I should delete this blog. I could say, "That was a mistake," and move on quickly. Except I can't. Because I do need it. Why? It's all got to do with play.
I need to play. (We all do.) And I haven't been playing. "I've got too many other things to do," I say. But I could make time for play. I could make it a priority.
Sometimes we push play to the bottom of the pile. It comes after everything else. We work first, play later. But what happens if we never get to the end of the work? We'll never play. And play is important. It relieves stress. It keeps life fun. It gives us the freedom to experiment without worrying about the result.
Unlike work, we don't have to produce anything valuable from play. But many times play does lead to wonderful things. It can put a spark back into our work.
I haven't written many blog posts recently, on my main unschooling blog, as well as here. I have loads of ideas and have tried many times to turn them into something worth reading. But despite a lot of effort, my words remain heavy and uninteresting. Have I forgotten how to write? Sometimes it seems that way but no. I think the problem is I've just forgotten to make time for play. So I've done something about that.
I've been reading books, taking photos, going for walks, drawing and painting faces and today, I even took out my long-neglected knitting. Yes, I've been playing. And I've been having fun. I've stopped worrying about my inability to write. I'm no longer searching my mind over and over again for a podcasting idea. I'm not asking, "What could I possibly make a video about?" I'm not thinking, "Maybe it's time to stop sharing the unschooling message. There are loads of other people doing that." (This is true.) "It's time for me to move on."
You see, perhaps I still have something worth saying. But I don't necessarily have to say it today. I've stopped putting pressure on myself. The appropriate words will come when I'm ready. In the meantime, I'm playing because wonderful things happen when we play. I'm sure my mind will soon be filled with new and wonderful ideas. In fact, I think they may already be on their way. For a start, I might have an idea for a podcast.
Could I talk about play, how it's essential, not only for children but for adults as well? I've already scribbled down a few notes. It might be a topic worth exploring. What do you think?
Well, it seems I have finally written a blog post. Maybe not a good one, but that doesn't matter. This is the Raw Files. It's my place for playing around with words and ideas. Something better may come out of this post. I'm hoping it will be a podcast. A podcast about the importance of play.
I wonder what you think about play. Do you encourage your kids to play? All day, if they want to? Do you play as well?
Blog post written. Podcast planned. I'm off to play.
, by Sue Elvis