Who remembers recess as a kid? Going outside twice a day (at least!) to run around with your friends and taking a break from a long day of tests, lectures, and structured learning. It didn’t matter if it was cold or rainy or muggy and humid. Every recess was an excuse to go outside and just have fun. It was always one of my favorite parts of the day! I want to bring it back and give recess the time it deserves.
What happened to that?
While I was slaving away at my 9 to 5 job this week, I had an epiphany. I wondered what happened to that recess mentality. I used to love going to school because I knew recess was part of my day. I had a break to hang out with my friends and skin my knees on the playground. (I also liked learning, but that’s besides the point.) When did we get so old that we stopped going outside during the day to just have fun?
It made me kind of sad to think that I had lost some of that joie-de-vivre that came with just being young and outside and playing. And I’m not okay with that. I may be getting older, but I don’t want to be old in spirit. Plus, now that I’m 35, my body is starting to show that I don’t get outside as much as I used to as a kid. So I want to get back to that stuff that made my life fun as a kid.
Heck, if I’m going to retire young and have free time on my hands, I might as well figure out my recess activities now. (6 more years!)
Is it even possible to incorporate this into a daily routine as an adult?
God, I hope so. How boring is my life if I can’t find 30 minutes to get outside during the workday. I figure if you want something bad enough, you’ll make it happen. I know I will. Hell, I know someone who used to eat lunch at her desk so she could take a 30 minute nap in her car during the day. If there’s time for napping (another great part of elementary school by the way!), there’s time for playing!
I know they’re days when meetings are running back to back all day long and there’s no break. I understand there are shifts where you don’t even get to sit down and relax. But most days there’s at least a lunch break or a 30 minute break between meetings. I’m tired of not taking advantage of that time. Time is short. I want to use it for stuff that’s fun.
Also, have you heard sitting is the new smoking? No thank you. I don’t smoke and I don’t want to die from sitting on my ass all day at work. Talk about a stupid way to die.
What am I going to do about it?
Well, I already started on this. Recess is coming back at my house. Despite some nasty weather and being sick with a disgusting cough, I’ve taken 30 minutes every day this week to go outside with my dogs during the day and just play frisbee. Kiwi, Pippa, and I run around and play catch and play keep away. There’s tail wags, laughs, and a 30 minute refresher from the daily grind. And guess what, I look forward to it every day because I know I will have fun. So do my doggy friends!
I try to think about what my 7-year-old self with do with this extra time. She’d be so disappointed to see me sitting at a desk working on spreadsheets and emails all day. I was really fun as a kid. I never cared about the weather or the activity. I just got outside and played and it made me really happy.
I realize not everyone can play with their dogs everyday, but hopefully there’s something very recess-like that can break up the day. Even a walk can be really fun.
So, here’s to bringing recess back! I’m glad it’s making a comeback in my life and I hope some of my readers will add it to their daily activities as well.