I Can’t Adult Today

While we are in the process of simplifying our lives, it has taken lots of work – both mental and physical, and I have never felt so worn out from all the “simplifying.” 

We sold our house and moved into a friend’s house until our new house is built. My husband, David, changed his salon location to Venetian Bay, and took a part in the upcoming musical, “The Sound of Music,” at the NSB Little Theatre. We went from being together 24/7 to not much at all. It feels weird.

Our friend’s house has all these positive or funny plaques hanging on the walls. One in particular caught my attention. It read, “I Can’t Adult Today.” 

I think everybody has days when they feel like that and wish they could revisit their childhood and just play. As an adult we think we have to be mature, work all the time, take on the weight of the world. No time for play!

Make Time for Play in your Life

My husband and I used to play as often as possible. We did fun things at the drop of a hat and played with our kids all the time. I don’t mean we watched them, but actually played with them. We roller skated, danced in the living room, performed in shows at the Little Theatre, went on school field trips, and so on. Of course, we were younger then and have retired the roller skates, but we just can’t lose our “play time.”

Think of it as recess. Kids work in the classroom, but they tend to learn just as much during recess. The interaction with other kids, swinging as high as you can, or hanging upside down on the monkey bars. Playing games where you learn “team play.” Performing in theatre or playing a musical instrument.

Playing has so many benefits for adults. Playing games, like Pictionary or Scrabble, with friends helps keep your mind sharp. Playing games or doing puzzles may lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. 

We need something silly in our lives. Just let go and don’t care what other people may think of you. Adult silliness is a lot like child’s play. 

Playing relieves stress, improves brain function, boosts creativity, improves relationships, and can make you look and feel younger. I know that when I play Mario Kart with my grandsons, nothing else exists at that moment than trying to keep my car on the wacky path before me while the boys laugh at their G-mi’s bad driving. Or getting on the floor with my one-year-old grandson and rolling around and singing songs my grandparents taught me. 

I have to go now – I can’t adult today… it’s time for recess! 

Karin Jenkins is a Licensed Esthetician, Makeup Artist, and the author of the book, “Pageant Land and the Family Who Lived There.” She has been involved in all aspects of the beauty industry and in show business for over 30 years. Karin is the mother of two and the grandmother of four. She and her husband David co-own the local family business - Applause Salon in New Smyrna Beach. (386) 426-5454

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