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  • Writer's pictureMedha Murtagh

Sick of adulting?

When I was little, I used to sit in front of my house and dream of being big.

I'd think about all the things I'd do when I was in charge of my life. Drive wherever I wanted. Eat whatever I wanted. It was loads of 'whatever I wanted'.

I don't remember ever consciously thinking that adults don't play. But the deeper I stepped into adulthood, the more that play started to feel unimportant.

I gradually (and unconsciously) relegated play to something I had to earn by doing the Important Things first.

I didn’t realise that deprioritising play made me serious, heavy and tense. Which is the opposite the 'whatever I wanted' kind of life I'd dreamed of.

Play, fun, lightness, ease and flow go together. If we want to create more magic, ease and flow for ourselves, adding more play to our experience will help make that happen.

When I made the conscious decision to start playing again, I didn't know where to start. I tried a bunch of potential hobbies so I could rediscover what I loved.

I dabbled in calligraphy, puzzles, photography, scrapbooking … but it all felt a little too much like work.

Until I discovered… drawing!!

When I draw, I lose myself (in the good way). It challenges me to think visually (which is a super new skill for me) and it’s deliciously fun.

I always feel better after I do it.

That's because play fuels us. Prioritising it is a little like filling up your tank before going on a road trip.

My drawing teacher's name is Ingrid. She taught me the basics and helped me realise that my idea that I 'couldn't draw' was bullshit.

Ingrid recently gave me some constructive feedback about improving Cartoon Medha's hair. So I took a couple of random selfies and spent hours listening to music while drawing a million different versions me.

Here's just a handful of them...

I'm still playing with it.

So how about it? How do you play? What do you do just for fun?

If you don’t have a hobby that lets you play yet, you may wanna try out a bunch of things until you find something that gives you that fun, joyous feeling.

And if you think you'd like to give drawing a go (with more support than youtube tutorials can provide), I highly recommend you consider joining me in Ingrid’s Drawing Club. If that sounds fun, you can have a cheeky little look at the details here*.

*This is an affiliate link. I don't promote things very often, but when I do it's because I truly love and value the thing I'm recommending.

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