Play like a 10 year old

Kyle and I on 1<sup class="ordinal">st</sup> bike ride of the year!


Prompt­ed by Gretchen Rubin, author of the Hap­pi­ness Project (and coin­ci­dent­ly the sis­ter of a high-school friend of mine), I have been think­ing about my favorite activ­i­ties when I was 10. Reflect­ing on how many of them I am doing now, decades lat­er, and if they aren’t in my dai­ly prac­tice, is it pos­si­ble to add them. Would they still bring me plea­sure and hap­pi­ness? Because frankly, a life lived sole­ly in my art and stu­dio makes me a bore even to myself!


Here are some of the things I came up with.


  • Tak­ing pic­tures — check — I began in 2<sup class="ordinal">nd</sup> grade and saved all my pen­nies for rolls of film.
  • Mak­ing things and sell­ing them — check — pothold­ers any­one? friend­ship pins?
  • Read­ing — yes, but there must be more time that can be found.
  • Writ­ing — Maybe more fun projects like this?
  • Play­ing games — We can def­i­nite­ly invite friends over for card night more often.
  • Rid­ing my bike — We got our first bike ride of the spring in last week­end. And our bicy­cles will trav­el with us to our next show!
  • Fish­ing — Didn’t get the fish­ing pole out once last year. I will do bet­ter. I will do bet­ter. I will do bet­ter.
  • Play­ing catch — Kyle and I used to play catch at rest stops all over the coun­try when we need­ed a break from the van seat. We just unearthed our ball gloves when we “moved into” our new van. Look for us some­where along the high­way!


What were your favorite things to do when you were 10? Are they still a part of your life? If not, should they be?


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