How do you recreate?

(Best of Celebrating Your Journey – October 14, 2009)

To all my readers: With 2019, the 14th year of my Celebrating Your Journey blog articles, “From the Heart” byline, I will be offering the “Best of the Best” articles you found helpful through the years. Many thanks to everyone who have given input and followed along w/ each month’s lifeskill—Relationships/Core Values, Time Mgt, Career/Money Mgt, Recordkeeping, Possessions, Housekeeping, Wellness, Meals, Childcare, Recreation/ Entertainment, Reflection, and Celebration. For my new readers, may these lifeskill articles offer you encouragement, insight, and commitment to seek, reach, and achieve your life dreams and goals in synergy.

How did the word “recreation” ever get created? According to the Online Etymology Dictionary the French origin of “recreate” means “to create anew,” The word, “recreation” goes back to 1390 related to the “refreshment or curing of a person, refreshment by eating,” Now, that’s a definition we all can relate to!

From the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition (2003), the noun, recreation, comes from Middle English’s Anglo-French word “recreacion”, or recreation, meaning restoration to health, to “recreare” meaning to create anew, restore, refresh. The 15th century rendering evolved to include “refreshment of strength and spirits after work; also a means of refreshment or diversion.”

The meaning “refresh oneself by some amusement” is first recorded c.1400; abbreviated form “rec “is attested from 1929. The verb recreate “to refresh by physical influence” is attested from c.1560. “Recreational” is from 1656 . . . and so on to today where our marketing/promotion/ad industries thrive on using references to recreational activities and endeavors that help us all have fun and be refreshed, even experience some healing. Whether refreshment in body or mind, as after work, infers some form of play, amusement, or relaxation, we all know to recreate involves any form of play, amusement, or relaxation, such as games, sports, or hobbies.

So, how do you “recreate?” This is surely a very open-ended question that can elicit just about any response. It’s all in the “eyes of the beholder.” Yet, let’s narrow the options down just a bit to help us see how we play—often times on autopilot! One example of autopilot playing is when you decide to start collecting old perfume bottles. It was definitely fun with the first 25 to 50. Yet, somehow, it isn’t so much fun anymore having to dust off everyone. You say to yourself, “No more.” But the other day you just happened to walk by an antique/second-hand store and saw yet another prize perfume treasure! And now it’s like a habit you can’t break. It just doesn’t have the charm to refresh anymore but you just keep collecting.

Does this sound familiar with your own “recreating” activity? We must all remember that whatever we choose to do to “recreate” to routinely ask “Am I still having fun?” If not, maybe it’s time to shift gears and try something new or rediscover a long-lost interest from your youth. Here are some examples of recreational areas you might consider practicing or appreciating. Keep in mind that there are basically two forms of recreation—passive and active. Both can be done alone and with others. Be sure to do both forms so your mind and body gets some form of whimsical workout; and you can share the fun. And, of course, whatever you do, keep it safe and healthy for all concerned.

Choose two areas (one passive; one active) you would like to check out in your own community. And do a net search by all means to broaden your horizons on the world of fun and recreation that refreshes your life, both body and soul. I’m sure you can add to this list any number of possibilities. So, please feel free to do so.

Have fun “recreating!”

  • Adventure Tourism
  • Art
  • Animal/Bird watching
  • Backpacking
  • BASE Jumping
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Canyoning
  • Caving
  • Computer games
  • Crafts
  • Cycling
  • Dancing
  • Drawing
  • Eating and drinking
  • Gardening
  • Going to the beach
  • Hang Gliding
  • Hiking/walking new trails
  • Hobbies
  • Humor: jokes, riddles, anecdotes
  • Hunting and fishing
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Kite flying
  • Martial arts
  • Motor Sport
  • Music
  • Paintball
  • Painting
  • Partying (healthy of course!)
  • Pet ownership
  • Reading a book
  • Rock Climbing
  • Shopping
  • Singing
  • Skiing
  • Sky Diving
  • Sledding
  • Snowboarding
  • Spending time with friends and loved ones
  • Sports and exercise
  • Travel and tourism
  • Using the internet (healthy of course!)
  • Video games
  • Visiting an amusement park
  • Visiting galleries & museums
  • Watching movies
  • Writing
  • Yoga