In a recent article in “i” newspaper in the UK, “A survey of over 1,500 school pupils revealed that only 12% of girls are reaching the standard level of fitness by the age of 14 – half the rate for boys, which is itself alarmingly low at 24%.” The study goes on to say that most admit that “(students) are not as physically active as they would like to be – but want a wider range of activities…to be put on the timetable to encourage them to participate.”
So, a majority of people mostly miss out on the pure joy of playing that they only are able to experience at a very young age pre-school age, if at all. I have met people who say they NEVER played, even as children. I find this hard to believe, but they insist that it’s true. It just emphasizes the point that if it happened, it was so long ago that they can’t even remember it. Still, almost all people do love playing just for fun at any age. The trick is to create conditions where they have permission to do so. That’s what I do for a living, in part. I create an environment where it’s safe to play and act a bit silly.
Playing is still fun
For me, I can’t imagine not playing and being playful in many, maybe most, situations. It just makes life more fun. For me, New Games are just a starting point for making my life more playful. I like taking that playfulness into everyday situations. Rather than answer `”yes” to someone who asks me if I’m Dale Le Fevre, I might say, “Last time I checked the mirror.” Though now that I’ve written it, I’ll be coming up with something else to say. It just makes life more fun, to be alive and not just sleep walking through.
So, to conclude, of course cooperative New Games for adults. It’s a good place to start being playful, and it need not end there.