“It is a happy talent to know how to play.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

I walked by a playground tonight. Actually, i walk by playgrounds all of the time. But tonight, tonight was different. The weather was warmer and spring was sneaking its way into the air. I felt something physiologically. Somehow my soul knew i was rocking a pair of shorts.

And then i thought of this. The feeling. The flashback to when i was 10 years old. I remembered what it felt like to be “let loose” in a schoolyard when i was young. Just think about the concept behind that for a moment.

Your job is literally to play. Little Jacob. Big yard. *Go express yourself.*

So what would i do?

Run like hell. Chase kids with sticks. Bounce balls. Climb fences. Fuck around.

That was the whole point of playing. To go be yourself.

Do you have your own schoolyard experience from childhood? A place in time where your job was just to let yourself loose. To play. To express yourself. To get it outta’ your system.

My take on the topic is that we need more moments like those these days. Especially when we’re trapped in jobs, societies, and cultures where we’re ostracized for expressing ourselves authentically.

So the next time you get the opportunity to chase someone with a stick (in your own special way,) go for it! PLAY.