This afternoon I got lost in the pages of a wonderful book. To me there is nothing more playful than visualizing story, becoming friends with characters and having pages take me to a new place. I am an introvert by nature and I have come to love that some of my best playtime is totally along. Rejuvenation happens most easily by myself. Alone is where I gain energy to fully participate in a world that I love. It is not that I don’t like to be with people—I love my friends and family. My job requires a social engagement, which I love and find very rewarding. I do find that I rejuvenate most easily when I have alone play time.
And today I played alone lost in the pages of a book. I have books all over my house inviting me to play. Currently I am reading three books. This afternoon I got lost in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce. What wonderful story telling! Joyce explores the extraordinary in the ordinary in a compelling and beguiling way. I wish I had another few hours to be cast under the spell of her words. They will wait for me to play again soon.
I am also reading Tiny Beautiful Things, by Carol Strayed and an oldie but goody, The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron. Books call me to play from my nightstand, my bathtub, my coffee table, my kitchen table. Books everywhere calling me to play.
Some of the books calling me are:
The Invention of Wings by Susan Monk Kidd (I will read this for my April book club.)
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
8 Habits of Love, by Ed Bacon
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, by Anton DiSclafani
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
The Way Life Should Be, by Christina Kline
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale.
Writing Alone and with Others, by Pat Schneider
Bird by Bird, by Ann Lamont
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers
When Women Were Birds, by Terry Tempest Williams
Wild, by Cheryl Strayed
There are others…far too many playmates for this introverted girl. Below is a link to a Ted talk by Susan Cain, author of Quiet, who talks about the power of introverts.
One powerful aspect of introverted play is that most introverts, including myself, are very happy to play alone at times. Play is recreating—either by oneself or with others. Reading is one way I love to play alone. (And then I love to play with others as I talk about books in my book club.)
What are some ways that you play alone to rejuvenate?
PLAY-TITUDE #9: Alone play can be very rewarding!
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