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I have some very well-meant post ideas bumbling about in my head, but alas, school and work are calling, at least until the weekend, during which I shall make time for longer posts insha’Allah. In the meantime, because I am in relaxed pre-sleepytime mode and have been thinking about these subjects today, I would just like to post on two activities – ways of life, really – about which I hold quite strong convictions: naptime and playtime. (After prayertime, these are the most important times of the day.)
I have not, sadly, had time to indulge in naptime of late, so perhaps I am not the best person to be holding forth on the subject, but I am something of an expert. At the very least, if one cannot have a relaxing nap here or there, I must insist on the wonderfulness of pre-bedtime decaffeinated hot tea/cocoa (I am combining the best of both worlds and having chocolate tea at the moment) as well as relaxing baths, foot soaks, self-massages, etc. I am also a big proponent of comfy bedding. I mean, after all, we spend a scary amount of our whole lives in bed.
The other subject of which I think everyone needs a daily reminder is playtime. It will save your life (no, really). This is on my mind since earlier, even though I really didn’t feel like going back out in the snow and ice, I went to a watercolor painting class. I haven’t painted in awhile because, well, life gets in the way, and so does perfectionism (something at which I excel, ironically enough, being imperfect at everything and anxious by nature). But it reminded me how much we as human beings are meant to be creative. And have fun. My personal favorite playtime activities are swinging and coloring. (This is also on my mind because I got a new coloring book for the first time in a long time today.) I think, especially when we have kids of our own or are taking care of others’ or are just swamped in school and work, that we forget having fun is not just for people under the age of 12.
For those who are still taking baby steps on the playtime path, and feel the need to be accomplishing something/learning something useful whilst playing, I have found it helpful to start out with an educational coloring book. (My personal favorites are the Anatomy and Geography coloring books.)
And there’s just something magical about a brand new box of crayons. I mean, really.