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How To Avoid Problems By Integrating Play Part Three

After thinking more about the role play had in my life I realized I needed to make a play action plan. My strategy was two-fold, first I would force myself to take one day off a week and play with friends or family, the second was something I had already been working on – my 40 before 40 bucket list. When I looked over the bucket list after having realized what adult play was, I saw that almost 90% of it was actually play.


My list was packed with holidays, classes, hobbies and activities that I had never tried before but always wanted to, it was the perfect solution to my recent lack of play! I couldn’t have actually planned it better; the novelty factor would serve to add to my sense of fun and engagement whilst the holidays would add an element of adventure too.


Plus, by planning my list in advance and scheduling the activities for particular years I felt organized in my approach to fun, which fitted in line with my character as I like to be very organized. If you suspect your life is lacking fun why don’t you create your very own bucket list? If you prefer to be more spontaneous just create a bucket list and work through the items in random order when you fancy doing something fun on the weekends.


To give you some ideas here are just some of my 40 before 40 activities…


  • Go on a ten week Italian cookery class
  • See the Northern lights
  • Watch the top three foreign films of all time
  • Buy camera and take photography course
  • Shoot a gun at a shooting range
  • See La Bohem at Royal Opera House
  • Go to see an interactive theatre
  • Complete 10k run


When creating your own bucket list a good way to know if it works for you is by seeing if it makes you excited at the prospect of doing each item. If any item seems like work simply cut it from the list. As a general rule, the more excited the list makes you, the better the list!


Stay tuned – next week we examine the critical questions to ask yourself when creating your very own bucket list.


Do you take time to engage in fun with your friends and family? Are you inspired to create a bucket list? What would be on your bucket list? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.




  1. Decide whether your bucket list will be scheduled or random so that it fits in with your lifestyle.
  2. Decide if you will do a yearly bucket list or a mammoth one, such as a 40 before 40 bucket list.
  3. Decide how many items will be on your list so it is manageable and realistic.


Further Resources:


‘Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul’ by Stuart Brown and Christopher Vaughan


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