When you're burnt out and tired- Play
When it's not convenient- Play
Even if you may not produce anything- Play
I recently read in a book that we were all made to play. Often, we choose not to "play" because it doesn't seem as productive. For example, taking a walk with a child takes longer than if you were walking by yourself, or teaching someone a skill may be more challenging then if you just accomplished the task yourself. But then we get into this viscious cycle of measuring our time and relationships in terms of what we can profit out of it. We become selfish and very soon, isolated. To cure this, we play.
Melanie and I borrowed a few items from our friends from KneeDeepDenim with no goal, but to play. We practiced poses. I taught Melanie some principles of photography. She snapped a few of me. I got over being shy. We laughed. We argued. We pouted. We resolved. We learned new tricks together. Then we chowed down hot dogs and burgers, against our better judgment. It was great.