Wish I could go pet the horses with you!
When I was freshly sober... I made a list of all the fun things that I did as a little kid. You know... play with some mud. Ride my bike. Throw rocks on ponds. Going to museums. Places of historic interest. Botanical gardens. Fishing. Playing in the sand at the beach. I also made a list of all the things that I wished I could have done as a kid... if I had the money to do it... amusement parks, Boardwalks, zoos, observatories... toy stores.
And, since I had a few bucks in my pocket... I started doing a little bit of all of them. I also went out and bought the best camera that I could buy and started shooting between 50 to 100 rolls of film each day.... I bought a guitar, and started fooling around with it again... and my list could go on and on and on.
I was one of those kids that had to grow up and leave home early (13 years old)... and problems around the house kind of kept me from having a child-hood experience. So, I made up for the lost time!!!
It was fun. It did a world of good for me. I think that healthy play is very good for us. And, I've adopted the philosophy that "Life is for living, loving, laughing, learning ... and passing it on!"
Just thinking about this... reminded me of last week. I was trying to help a newcomer... and my mind went to just the thing to do... We went to a local park that historically always had a bunch of stray homeless cats living and breeding in the bushes. I used to take cat food out there and just leave it for them. It made me feel good about myself knowing that I was doing something to help them. When we got to the park... they had did a construction project... and the area that the cats lived in were gone... and by the time we started looking for something else to do -- the newcomer had moved back from the jumping off place... so, we made a plan to do it on another day.
Thanks for sharing!