I ain’t playing | Juwon Ogungbe
It’s been a long time since I reflected about being good at playing. Sometimes it is useful to take a detached look at the things one does.
Some famous figures have expressed misgivings about being involved in adult forms of playfulness. They gave the impression that the work was incompatible with being mature in other aspects of their lives. Everyone should speak for themselves, naturally.
Most children know how to play. Somewhere along the line, they are conditioned into believing they should give up that skill. There are moments when playfulness is the most suitable way to approach the handling of a situation.
Some of us end up working in the arts. Bills need to be paid and bellies need to be filled. It’s no wonder that playfulness might seem to be frivolous to many, but it is essential to keep it up as a practice.
There are times and places for hardnosed regulatory behaviour. In the arts, this should only be applied, after the playing has been done.
Originally published at https://juwonogungbe.com on December 3, 2020.