Creative Play

“I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life. And I live it – I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it.”

Maya Angelou

I was extremely into video games going up. I was into a plethora of things (sports, reading, drawing, swimming, exercising, chess, etc) but gaming was something I gravitated towards. My first console was a Nintendo 64. And If you caught me out and about then, I’d likely be carrying around a red GameBoy Advance. I enjoy games now, mostly for the incredible storytelling, but I don’t play very often because of lack of time. (Honestly, I listen to more gaming podcasts than I do play them.) There’s a lot that I’m learning and doing so I’m hard-pressed to find the time to pick up a controller. I’m more interested in creating and the principles of creativity than playing at the moment.

I’m not sure what drew little josh to gaming. My guess is it was because it combined many of my interests all in the palm — art, adventure, story, laughter, and challenge. The thought never crossed my mind at the time that someone (some team at Nintendo) created that experience. From hardware to the tiny jumping pixels on the screen was created.

Why do we like the things we like as kids?

Do you ever wonder if we are drawn to things instinctively, not because of what we see, but because what we can’t see but feel past the surface?

Music that pulls our heartstrings. A painting you can’t look away from. An idea you can’t quite shake. A spark of potential. A gleam of mystery our curiosity can’t help but follow. Buried treasure hid in a dungeon. I’m not sure if I’m smart enough to know what I’m saying.

I do know that what you do in your free time speaks loudly about what you dream about your life. What do you consider play? What would you keep doing no matter if you were never paid a dollar for? What do you find that makes you come alive inside? These are things worth pursuing.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #831

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