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I just watched My Neighbor Totoro and those kids really knew how to have fun and appreciate their surroundings (mainly by running around exploring it). I don't think I was that relentlessly playful when I was that age. *envy*. So I need a plan to become more playful (ha ha ha!)

Step 1: make silly faces.
Step 2: sing loudly in the car. (only by myself, or with others?)
Step 3: considering making farty noises, but some people don't appreciate the humour. I dunno.
Step 4: identify other playful people and copy them.

Running around doesn't work so well. Sometimes I run with impatience if walking is too dull. People might think I'm a criminal if they see me running down the street. Eating strange food mixtures is something I already do. Maybe I'll do it more often.

I'm not quite sure how serious I am with this plan. Partly serious I guess. But amused.

Oh yeah, step 5: solicit ideas from anyone who's reading. Not that I'll necessarily want to do any, I can be pretty self-conscious. But I like options. And it might be funny to think about.

Date: 2008-03-04 11:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spaetlese.livejournal.com
The things that I do that playful people love, and less playful people find embarrassing (screw those hippies!) include:
1. singing in public. Yes, singing in your car is good if you're alone - then you don't have to worry about anyone else and how good it sounds, but in public there's nothing along with singing along with the Wags theme (with dancing!), the Pirate song (yar har fiddle-dee-dee being a pirate is alright to be!), anything by Hi Five or Peter Coombs (with dancing!) and other such nonsense.
2. Dancing spontaneously. Usually badly. That's part of the fun.
3. Putting inappropriate things on your head. Like your friend's underwear if they leave it to air in the lounge room.
4. Watch kids tv and discuss it. Seriously, I highly recommend the Winx Club. Magical Fairy School! OMG!
5. Slide on slippy surfaces in your socks. Natch.
6. Utilise children's toys - if you won't break them. Tricycle riding is fun!
7. Nap. Napping means for more playing later. I like to nap on the train.
8. Avoid sitting properly when possible. Flumping, slouching, and spreadeagling over couches chairs and floors is far more comfortable, and frankly anyone who thinks you shouldn't is no fun, and we don't care.
9. Wear odd coloured socks. As long as they feel the same to your feet, why should they match? One pink sock and one green sock is pretty.
10. While you;'re singing, don't forget to make up stupid songs of your own to sing around your friends. Catchy tunes a must. Stolen and your own words put to it is perfectly fine.
11. Steal all of one colour of M&M whenever possible. My colour is blue. You can't have blue, but all the others are yours for the taking!

Date: 2008-03-05 05:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] haircaspian.livejournal.com
Oh boy! where to start?
5: I forgot about sock-sliding -- yeah I used to do that. It's fun.
8: Huh, I never thought of that one. Sometimes I slouched but didn't really revel in it. Slouching too long in one position makes my back ache, so I'll have to dramatically throw myself into a new position every now and then.
4: I used to watch teletubbies but I've been all teletubbied out for years. What's Winx club & Magical Fairy School? One show or two?
4b: I watched all 24 season 1 Fraggle Rock episodes a while ago, *boast*.

Date: 2008-03-05 05:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] haircaspian.livejournal.com
Oh yeah, the other stuff's good too. Except I don't seem to be able to nap most times I try.

Date: 2008-03-05 06:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spaetlese.livejournal.com
The Winx Club is a tv show about magical fairies at fairy boarding school. Nearby is a school for heroes in training (ie boys) and a school for wtiches (ie people to fight with).

It is far from quality, but it does make me giggle. Even my housemate did a double take and asked me to clarify whether the opening theme really just said 'but don't touch the hair'. It did.

Teletubbies! Wheeee!

Rags has people dresed up as giant dogs singing songs, dancing and teaching lessons to children. One of the dogs is in a wheelchair, but they never mention it. I actually really like that. He happends to be disabled, and there's no reason to dwell upon it to his friends :)

Date: 2008-03-04 11:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] finback.livejournal.com
I say just do what feels comfortable to you. You can't force playfulness, it's spontaneous. It can stem from being with a group of people who you know will appreciate a good Your Mom joke, or from the simple glee of seeing a plush monkey in a store.

Date: 2008-03-05 05:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] haircaspian.livejournal.com
Yeah, I think I have had times where I felt uncomfortable from trying to be playful. I think it was from worrying too much about *appearing* relaxed and fun when I wasn't relaxed.

Date: 2008-03-05 06:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spaetlese.livejournal.com
Very true. It does need to come naturally or it isn't playful, it's just weird :)

It really does help to have a supportive group. I am far more playful and extravagant in my playfulness at SwanCon or with my Perth friends than I am elsewhere, because they just laugh with me. No weird looks of OMFG. Of course I can't pass for 'ordinary' very well. I sit on the floor of the train when there aren't enough seats with no hesitation. Apparently that's strange. I don't get why.
But yes, you can always celebrate little things, like plush monkeys. hee!

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