RECREATING THROUGH PLAY
The Road to Re/creation
Re/creation is the idea that we recreate ourselves through play. From the time we are born we discover much of what we know about the world through play. It's how we forge relationships, test boundaries, and recreate ourselves through the power of the imagination. I discovered the new significance of this in my own life as an adult back in 2014 when trying to answer the question "what do I wanted more of in my life, and what is my purpose if making more money isn't the sole objective." I found the answer to this question in a poem called "THE ART OF LIVING," by L. P. Jacks, which I had painted on the door to my art studio. In one section of the poem Jacks writes "a master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between [their] work and [their] play; [their] education and [their] recreation," and that essentially how we play is how we learn. Life is a constant process of recreating ourselves, and the more we play the better we get at it. This process doesn't stop the older we get, and in fact, the older we get the more essential play becomes in mastering the art of living. I decided that my purpose in life is to keep playing, and to create experiences that will allow others to do the same. My work became my play, and after producing hundreds of events I decided it was time to use my passion to build something that could be a place for everybody. So I am.
The three principles of play are movement, music, and creativity. Any practice that incorporates one or more of these principles are essential to ones personal growth, physical health, mental wellness, and overall wellbeing. Whether is be through art, dance, yoga, or music, Re/creation is a place to play, explore, and be inspired. It's a place to step outside your comfort zone, and try something new; to connect with people from all walks of life, of all ages, and to become a master of play.
This is the quote that inspired me. I hope that 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"