On day 38 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I reconnected with my inner child and played in the snow.
It’s been a long time since I’ve played in the snow. In fact, I can’t even remember the last time, and that’s one of the things that made this weekend so nostalgic.
I spent the morning making snow angels, sledding, and getting stuck in knee-deep soft, white powder. At one point, I spun around backward down a hill on a saucer sled, bursting into laughter at the bottom. I felt like a kid again.
Play isn’t something I’ve included regularly enough in my self-care practice. Sure, I read a lot of books and have a variety of hobbies, but I always seem to have a purpose. Play is an activity that we engage in for the sheer enjoyment of it.
Playing in the snow, or any other form of play for that matter, helps keep us from taking ourselves too seriously. It gives us relief from life’s demands and responsibilities, and it allows us to fully enjoy the gift of being alive.