Working out our Play Muscle
Anita Sharpe on Creativity
Kevin Carroll, whose job is to nurture creativity at Nike, told HOW magazine that he likes to watch recess all over the world and always finds that it inspires him.
He elaborates in the same interview: 'Wouldn't in be marvelous if we could actually capture that and take it with us into our adult lives -- into high school and college and beyond? We'd be better for it. I don't think we'd have as difficult a time recognizing what brings us joy, what tickles our brain. If we have no outlet, our play muscles atrophy. So we wind up being adults who just exist, who aren't living. Ask anybody, they'll say, 'Oh, I loved recess! Recess was the best!' I'll ask them, 'Well, what happened to it? Why isn't it like that now?' 'Oh, I don't have time for that. I got a job. I got a mortgage. I got a this. I got a that. . .' I say, 'But you have children, don't you have a responsibility to let them see you being joyful, working out your play muscle?' Every time I pose that to adults, they always stop in their tracks and go, 'Whoa.' '
I've been mulling this over the past couple of days and thinking that adult recess has a lot of potential. I'm not talking about the Internet-age, frat-boy type of enforced fun ('Hey, it's midnight -- let's take a break from work and play air hockey.') I'm talking about doing something spontaneous for 30 minutes or so every day that really works our play muscles; something that takes us out of ourselves and puts a smile on our faces. I bet our families and employers would be surprisingly well served.