The Path to Play

2014 marks the beginning of a long personal journey to discover what it is I would do with my life if the desire for greater profit wasn't the sole objective.  What would I do if money wasn't the main focus; if my time was more valuable and more precious than money, how would I spend it?  To answer this I had to ask myself two things:  What do I have to offer the world, and what do I want more of in my own life?  To find the answer I went back to the one thing I've always known, but never gave serious time to because it doesn't make money - ART. 


I decided that THIS is where I will find my purpose, so I converted a storage space into an art studio and began painting.  As inspiration, I painted the words to a poem called "THE ART OF LIVING" by L.P. Jacks on the door to my studio.  One night while I was in my studio painting I mused over the section of Jack's poem talking about how a person's education is the same same as their "recreation," and that essentially how we play is how we learn.  In that moment it occurred to me that from the time we are born we discover the world, and ourselves through play. It also occurred to me that the word "recreation" has two different meanings, and an important correlation.  Life is a constant process of recreating ourselves, and the more we play the better we get at it.  This process doesn't, or shouldn't, stop as we get older.  In fact, the older we get the more essential play becomes in mastering the art of living.  That is what art teaches me, and what I want people to experience more of.  The excitement of trying something new; the calm that comes from painting; the high that comes with movement; and the joy of sharing a common experience with others.  So I turned my house into a creative space and started hosting paint socials, music jams, and yoga classes.  I produced art shows with people who weren't artists, and turned a night club into a roller rink.  No matter how crazy or far-fetched the idea was my purpose was always the same - get people to step outside their comfort zone, and just play.  What I discovered along this path are some of the greatest experiences I've ever had, some of the greatest humans I've ever known, and a vision of what is possible if we all just remember to keep playing.  After producing hundreds of events I decided it was time to step outside my own comfort zone, and use my passion to build something that could be a place for everybody.  So I did.  

Re/creation is a place to play, explore, and to be inspired.  It's a place to connect with people from all walks of life, of all ages, to try something new, to step outside your comfort zone, and to experience living through the practice of play.  Play is an essential part of one's personal growth, physical health, mental wellness, and the overall wellbeing.  Whether it be yoga, dance, painting, or craft-making - find your PLAY.  

This is the quote that inspired me.  I hope it does the same for you.

"A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation.  He hardly knows which is which.  He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing.  To himself, he always appears to be doing both"

L.P. Jacks