Dr. Brown discusses gathering play histories as a way to learn about people and their skills along with a way to help them discover what they can do now to meet that adult need to play. Gretchen Rubin says that what you liked to do when you were ten years old might be a clue into what you enjoy doing now.
So, I did some thinking on what I liked to do when I was younger. Obviously, the biggest thing I remember is reading! That has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I also remember that I enjoyed writing letters to people from church camp and friends I had made in other ways. I remember that I loved having pretty stationery and envelopes to write letters. The other thing I remember doing a lot of as a child was playing outside. My brother and sister and I used to spend hours playing outside. I loved exploring our pasture and when I got older, I remember that I loved going down to an old wooden bridge about ½ mile from our house and sitting and thinking. I just remember it being so peaceful and relaxing. Climbing the mountain by my grandma’s house or at church camp or when we went to the wildlife refuge were also really fun. A year ago I could not have imagined myself doing that, but I can see myself doing it now. Oh and playing school. I loved playing school (guess I still do lol)
What do you remember having fun doing as a child? What is your play history? How can you translate that into finding ways to have fun as an adult?