Energy to Play

The Logical Heart Knows Best

I had a dream this morning that I was running in snow-laden, long green grass that was wilted over with random small pools of sparkling water, the sun brilliant, gleaming and glistening everything. I was playing with some children, we began throwing snowballs, it was so exhilarating and fun! I was laughing gleefully, out of breath, joyful and so free. I miss those younger days of chasing mischief, the spontaneity, and thrill of it all.

Primary objective: have as much fun as you can get away with, lol. You know, food fights, hide and seek, jump scares, yodeling, meowing, goofy dancing, playing chase, lying outrageously while playing jokes, pillow fights, water gun fights, nerf wars, playing games, telling scary stories, truth or dare, climbing trees, making clover flower chains, catching bugs, lizards, frogs, swinging, swimming, bike riding, skateboarding, skating, hula hoops, yo-yos…so much playtime! Insatiable exploration, curiosity, activity, creativity, imagination, and play.

I also dreamed of our pet rats, they were just being their cute ratty selves, so smart and curious. I’d seen a video of a chicken hugging a person recently and I guess that reminded me of the pets we’ve enjoyed and infiltrated my dreams.

So much energy to burn when I was young. Where did it all evaporate to? Ha 🙂 I was daydreaming the other day, trying to get my energy up, make myself feel better with this cold I have. I asked myself what I would want to do for fun. I didn’t travel far in my imagination I pictured us renting a cabin in the mountains near wildflowers as a family vacation where we’d go on nature hikes and enjoy the sunsets. Just quiet and nature 🙂

I usually remember my sleeping dreams, at least fragments of them when I wake up. Most of them are fun and reassuring. Sometimes I receive messages about others in my dreams too. I’m so glad that I rarely have nightmares anymore. I love my flying dreams and ones where I’m exploring different cities, landscapes, buildings, and other worlds. I wish I could somehow record them and rewatch them later, lol.

I guess my dream this morning was telling me that I need more socialization and playtime. Gotta have the energy to do that though 🙂 Gonna add that to my quarterly goals, incorporate ways to improve my energy. Actually that’s been part of my goals for years now, and since I’ve stopped working nights there’s been a vast improvement in my energy level, but I’m still not where I’d like to be.

Is it a normal part of aging, or is it because I burned myself out, or both? I’m determined to improve my energy so I can play and enjoy the 65 years I have left (remember I made a promise to live until age 120, lol).

I’m looking forward to the time change this weekend, yay! Longer days where I can have more evening hours to play outside!

What do y’all do to improve your energy levels?

My plan is to keep doing what’s helped me in the past. I really believe that working nights at a job that no longer fits was draining my energy big time. I’m so excited to see how the coming months evolve 🙂 Let’s see what playful mischief I can get up to as an old lady, lmao! The neighbors will be wondering who’s yelling like Tarzan and where are all those bubbles coming from? Tee hee! ?

Michelle Miyagi
Hi! I was an RN, BSN in mental/behavioral health for 27 years. Now I'm helping empower caring people like me to prioritize themselves by maintaining healthier boundaries for more freedom, peace, and joy. I am also active in Long Covid advocacy.

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