This topic hit me pretty hard this week. . . With the completion of the Play Hat project I had some time to sit down and reflect on WHY I wanted to make these hats so bad. Trust me when I tell you, it had it's ups and downs, twists and turns, and complications and set backs. Reflecting refreshed my WHY and helps me live in confidence.
SEA GLASS THROWDOWN
A few days ago my fiancé Liz and I were down at the beach to do some filming, (more projects coming!) reading, and editing. About two hours into the day we went to do something that we do on a fairly regular basis; look for sea glass. If you live by the ocean you may have an idea of what . I am talking about but for the rest of you, sea glass is pretty unique. Typically, along the shore line at low tides, piles of rocks form where the ocean is bringing in this gravel from all over the world, depending on currents, storms, swell, and tons of other things. In these rock piles you can find pieces of glass that have become rounded and aged by the constant wearing of the ocean and the rocks around it. Sea glass isn't always present in abundance so sometimes you have to "hunt" for it. A couple things are pretty unique about sea glass. First, its comes in crazy different shapes, sizes, and colors and second, every piece of sea glass has a story. Some pieces are hundreds of years old and were used for medicine bottles while others were once Coco Cola bottles at one point. You can actually get a pretty good idea of how old and what that piece was once a part of at sometime in the past just by the thickness and color.
What is so important about sea glass that you go and "hunt" it in your spare time?
Nothing! This is exactly the point I want to make today. For Liz and I, hunting sea glass is one way for us to PLAY. Play is defined as an activity done for recreation or enjoyment rather than a serious or practical purpose. There is nothing serious or practical about searching for sea glass. There is no value (other than it's pretty) and it ALWAYS brings smiles and laughter to both our faces. Something that keeps us happier and healthier as we go through our daily lives. It is used as a tool by us and we hardly even realize it.
To engage in an activity for enjoyment or recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.
I want to challenge you this week to reflect on the word play and its definition and I want you to look into your life and find something that resonates with the word. Think how that activity made you feel and how it moved your thoughts. I would love for you to share how YOU play in the comments below. If you don't feel comfortable writing in the comments below, I would love a personal email or text with YOUR version of play. Here are a few different things you might not typically recognize as play: Going on a walk with your dog, card games with friends/family, Mini golf, going for a walk with a friend, building things with your hands, Legos, video games, rock climbing, surfing, swimming, knitting, and lots of other crazy things too!
DO YOU PLAY?
If this resonated with you or you found value in it, please share it with a friend. Sometimes you find inspiration in the strangest of times. I believe that ANYBODY can benefit by joining The Road to Better Health and the journey that we are all on.