Why We All Need Recreation — Now More Than Ever

You've heard the proverb "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy". It's the call to action for many of us to stop working so much and starting playing a little. Get out from behind our desk, computer, or smartphone and enjoying a little recreation.

But have you ever taken a moment to actually think about the word "recreation"?

According to the Late Middle English and Latin terminology, the word "recreation" actually derives from "mental or spiritual consolation" and to "create again" and "renew."

Over the centuries, however, recreation has become less literal or cerebral and primarily physical. Today, recreation can be anything from challenging co-workers or friends to a game of golf, kicking back multiple cocktails or glasses of wine, or perhaps losing yourself in a funny, nonsensical movie. Maybe it's time to remember what the term "recreation" is really all about.

Think about it...when you go out to a lounge with your friends and order up Cosmos and Tequila, play a game of Jenga, waste hours with Candy Crush on your smartphone, or take a Wine and Paint class, are you actually doing anything that will provide a sense of spiritual consolation or renew your soul — or are you just after a distraction? Sure, you're not working, but then again, you're not really doing anything that adds value in the long run either, are you?

Most of us today seem to focus on the distraction of life. If we're not at our jobs, driving the kids around, working out, or doing things around the house, we're probably wasting hours on social media, drinking, eating, or sleeping. Do we ever really take the time to more closely examine ourselves and our lives? To wonder if we just exist on autopilot? To figure out what happened to those hopes and dreams our younger selves had?

If we're not careful, we will wake up one day at 40, 50, 60, or older and wonder where the time went. Wonder if it's too late to finally take up writing, painting, or whatever makes our heart sing. The kids will be gone and off to college and we'll be staring at four walls and wondering what happened and if it is too late.

Maybe this is the moment to really invest yourself in the true essence of "recreation." To think about what it will take to renew and recreate yourself. To console your spirit and stir your soul in a way that you haven't for years.

Isn't it time for you to re-evaluate how and what you do for recreation?