A serious activity with a physical existence which is present by the very beginning of all mammals lives. Althought that, humans have developed a much more frequent and age-independented connection with playing, like no more animal on this earth. But what makes play so special?
Playing is a way to build sensorial, cognitive and motor competence. It´s a way to learn values and discipline (every playful activity must have rules to stick to). It’s also a way to approximate people to each other and stablish a strong connection between them in order to guarantee cohesive relationships and hence the quality of survival of the individual, survival of the group and survival of the individual whithin the social context.
Playing can be done alone, which is very typical in infants and children, but the meaning of the activity rises when someone else joins to it. More elements mean more variety and unpredictability, turning a relative simple game/task in a much more complex one. But isn’t the human system a complex system? Why movement and play should not be complex as well?
The focus is on the process of playing. The feedback (positive and negative) allows the elements to know the consequences of their choices, so they can stablish links between actions and reactions and from that they also can adapt in order to increase the rate of sucess while playing. But once again, the reward of playing is the act of playing itself – no expectations, no rewards, no internal or external conflict. Sucess is feedback and not the engine that drives the act.
Playing is a process of humanization, althought it precedes humanity. Don’t leave it and don’t avoid it. A life without playing is an empty and monotonous one.
Play more. Move more.