“I decided that play was a gift, a gift that women, in particular, get the message very early on that they should give up,” Brannen says. She realized that, as Schulte writes, “she’d fallen into doing all the things that her kids wanted or that her husband liked or that others expected of her — playdates, socializing, going to movies, or just waiting for vacation or holidays to come. She did enjoy the time, ‘but I wanted to feel my heart sing’.”
Perhaps there’s a concept of the feminine ideal, the Angel in the House, Schulte suggests, that traps women into believing they have to give up delight.
Traditionally, men have been conditioned to become ideal workers — always available to the boss or client. But this is changing, too. Schulte profiles a man who makes time every day to listen to live music.
Don’t be afraid to step away from your busy life, trust an impulse and give your body and brain a rest. Even Isaac Newton was lounging under a tree when he formulated gravity — n’est-ce pas?
Anne Michaud is interactive editor for Newsday Opinion and a member of the Newsday editorial board.
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