‘Play turns to seriousness and seriousness to play. Play may rise to heights of beauty and sublimity that leave seriousness far behind.’*
When it comes to the game of life, There are two kinds of player: the playful and the serious.
I have an inkling that the playful person finds it easier to move back and forth between play and seriousness than does the serious person – to play is to be free because ‘all play is a voluntary activity.’* I also suspect that the playful person uses their freedom to bring together the questions of who they are and what they bring into the same inquiry. They are always, then, fully present – what they do is part of who they are and who they are is part for what they do.
(*From Johan Huizinga’s Homo Ludens.)