I think the old adage that “when you’ve travelled around the world, only then will you know what home is” is well illustrated by the experiences I’ve had in the playshops. It could be said that what we are doing is ‘childish’ or plain silly, but I think it is exactly the experience of playing or creatively fooling around, which when later (self-)analysed proved to me the idea that everything is a game on some level.
It has been some time now that I’ve suspected that all people are playing many games with many different rules and most take those games so seriously that they have become addicted and cannot stop and even worse do not enjoy themselves. It is through the ‘Explorer of the world’ playshops that I’ve realised that I too take many of my everyday-life-games too seriously and that this makes me less good at what I do, not the other way around. I need to play more, even with those things that are most important to me (perhaps especially with those), because I think I’ll see that much which I held to be real, is not necessarily so, and that it is up to me to construct (and re-construct) my reality based on new possibilities found through true open-mindedness (aka play).