I think the best part about working with children is learning to play again

Early in our teens we stop playing. Society has this idea that play, at least improvised play, is only for children, and something we naturally grow out of. The only sort of "play" that is seen as "appropriate" for adults are organized games with set rules, and usually a goal

Anyway, that's BS. Today, I played with marbles. I built a tower out of building blocks. Last week, I drew a picture - not to "create" anything, just to have fun with pencils on paper. One day when I was not actually at work, I went to a playground to climb on a 2-meter-high rock. It was difficult (how did i do this when i was little??) and I was proud of myself when i did it

I can't believe I'm only 19 and have already missed out on this for half my life. And the only way I can accept that is if I promise myself that I'll never stop playing again

"Work" is defined as an activity directed towards a goal

I'd say "play" is the opposite of that - any activity that you do for the sake of the activity itself, without aiming towards a "goal"

We have this idea that work is for adults, play is for kids. As we grow up, we turn everything into a goal-directed activity.

We play a sport to win, or to stay healthy. We draw to create something beautiful. We cook to make food. We climb an obstacle to get to the other side. We read a book to finish it. We watch a movie in the evening to relax, and then are confused when we can't.

Capitalism brainwashes you into thinking that you've grown out of playing. It wants you to think that you can't possibly enjoy an activity for its own sake anymore, so you need an "incentive"

Don't fall for it, and play as often as you can

@ijyx I would say both have goals.. where play has the goal of being fun while work is a responsibility and the goal of being productive. This doesn't mean work has to be boring.. Your work with children is surely fulfilling but you have a responsibility of ensuring them to have fun. ;)

I agree with you that it is a lot better to carry around positivity than negativity. It makes me happy to hear how awesome you are with the kids. ;)

@shellkr That's exactly what I mean: Play is not something with the "goal" to have fun. As soon as you set a goal - any goal - I wouldn't consider it play

So of course work doesn't have to be boring. Goal-directed action doesn't have to be boring. But only ever engaging in goal-directed action will be draining

@ijyx But if playing is not fun it would just be time consuming... would it not? If fun is in the lack of a goal.. then that is a goal. Not having a goal is a goal.

So what is the purpose of play?

The only problem with goals that I see with it.. is that you can fail at them. So personally I prefer the use of direction instead. Following a path is easier to succeed at.

Everything and nothing can be defined as a goal.

@shellkr If playing isn't fun, it isn't play

Amd sure, not having a goal can be a goal, but it doesn't have to be the goal of a specific activity

Like, when I play, I don't play in order to not have a goal

@ijyx Yep, it can be turned around pretty much how ever you like. ;)

Sorry to drag you down that rabbit hole. ;)

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@shellkr Np, I like rabbit holes :)

I'd say when I 1. set a goal and then 2. do a certain thing mainly to achieve that goal, then the process of 2 is what I'd call "work"

Things can *involve* goals without being work, but if the purpose of the activity is to pursue a goal, then it's work.

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@ijyx Yes, I can buy that... but in reality your daily life contain hundreds of miniature goals that are executed all the time. Just putting one fot before the other is a miniature goal. As soon as you make a decision it becomes a goal.

I would say if you _have_ to pursue that goal it becomes work.

@shellkr But you don't usually set the goal of "I want to move my leg to that other place"

Like I said, anything and everything can *involve* goals. But if the purpose of an action is to pursue a goal, it's work

I don't agree that something is only work of it's forced. For example, cleaning is usually work, but not usually forced

@ijyx It is forced as you'll have to do it eventually in the same sense work work is forced. No one "forces" you to work (except maybe if you happen to be at Gulag) but it is necessary in order to get food on the table.

@shellkr That only applies to wage labor/ work you do for a job

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