It’s when spring showers give way to summery afternoons that the city really comes to life. At lunchtime, parks are flooded with bare limbs and sandwiches. After work, the sidewalks beside pubs heave with rosé-drinking hordes. There’s an appetite to get outside and play, not unlike our school days when there was no greater feeling of freedom than running out of the classroom to start summer holidays.
I find my own schedule increasingly peppered with playtime. Seeing plays at the theatre, taking leisurely trips to the countryside, hearing my favourite pianist play in concert, barbecues in the backyard. It’s as if, having been suppressed since Christmas, the urge to play can no longer be contained.
We all crave play. It’s an instinct that predates human history. Maybe that’s because of all the good it can do us. Play can inspire creativity—take it from this accomplished writer or an award-winning designer. It can heal us—as it did for one autistic child finding his way in the world or a young professional finding her way in a new life. It can help us take care of ourselves and of others, as this helpful twitter bot reminds us.
From camping gear to cocktail mixers, we’ve put together a list of everything you need for a playful summer. And if you’re just too busy, then at least have a listen to our latest music playlist while you work. Because we all need to make more room for play in our lives.
I had a great time working with the fun and talented team of contributors that helped make this issue of Thoughtful magazine possible. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed making it.
Daianna Karaian, May 2018