This will be my final blog post for the Golden Fleece Online. These past two years “The Psychology of Play” has given me a place to explore the fulfillment and importance of recreation in daily life. I thank you all so much for reading and, well, playing along. As I move on to the next step of life at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I will remain forever grateful for this creative outlet. Who knows? Maybe I’ll write a blog on my own or for the school carrying on this idea or even delving deeply into another area of personal interest. One thing I know for certain is that I will always remember the jovial, loving relationships I have formed through simply playing.
Now that I’m sad about all the relationships I have made that I will be leaving next year, let’s get to some of the ones I will miss the most–my family. I have been extremely blessed to have such a close extended family, especially on my dad’s side. Two of his three siblings and his parents all live in Asheville. And even those who are away in Charlotte and Texas visit often. One of our past times I will always cherish involves, yep, playing. I think it really started with my Aunt Laura who began bringing family games to our gatherings. Trust me, after a few of the adults have had some drinks mixed with their competitive sibling rivalries we all know a little too well, these games are sure to provide laughs for all.
The best part of the games is that they draw us away from our phones and family drama to simply relax and have a good chuckle. We aren’t much for games that take a ton of thinking If you are looking for a simple one that’s fun for the entire family I suggest Catchphrase or even some homemade charades. (Here is a link to read more about Catchphrase: https://www.hasbro.com/en-us/product/catch-phrase-game:2C79D3B5-5056-9047-F535-614A0B4DE1C0)
If you would rather play games with your friends I suggest a slightly whacky one, but I can promise some serious laughter with Quelf. Also, for mature audiences (18+) try out Cards Against Humanity. (Link for Quelf: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/19370/quelf)
Another local opportunity for some classic gaming fun is Well Played in downtown Asheville. This is a board game cafe where they stock up on some fabulous group and two person games with a variety for everyone. It’s perfect for a first date, birthday party, or just night with your girls/guys/family. Not to mention they serve some delicious food and desserts! Visit their website here: http://wellplayedasheville.com/ .
Board games have become somewhat of a forgotten gem in the current world of constant action and little patience to sit down in order to play with a friend. So, this is your reminder! Maybe it’s not for everyone, but if you like recreation like I do, then have a blast with these suggestions.
From crazy energizer dances, to Disney cruises, to a family game night, I hope to play for all the days of my life. I will continue to remind myself and others that a smile brought on by letting ourselves go is worth more than any grade, job, or stress in this short life. Dance a foolish dance. Invite you family over for charades. Sing at the top of your lungs. Never forget how to be a kid. Play. Play. Play.
“The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there.”