Monday, October 4, 2010

Work/Play: PLAY

So then "play that is work" is something that is done as an end in itself that is a means to an end.

This is called PLAY. It is my favorite.

Maybe there's no difference between HOBBY and PLAY, or maybe there is. They're both fun and productive, when all's said and done. But with HOBBY, you start with an expectation of getting something out of doing this and then you find out in the process that you like it for itself. Whereas PLAY is something that you plain love to do, you would do it for nothing and then, anyway, it gives you something back.

Skating is that thing for me. I just plain love to skate. I didn't try out for derby because I particularly wanted to play derby or be a derby girl, derby for me started as a vehicle for skating. It's more than that now, but that's how it started. In a way, derby is the first thing that I got back from skating. Which is to say, a life. Like with friends and activities and everything. A very active life, I might add, that has turned from a person who would run only if somebody was chasing me with a knife into a person who can run for the bus.

And as a side note, I also make a tiny bit of money from skating—as an instructor for Derby Lite—though not as much since I was drafted. Though the more I write about this, the more I want this not to be about making a living. I'm going to say that if the only reason you are doing something is to make a living, then you definitely need to find something else to do. Besides that, I think that making a living can certainly be attached to WORK or HOBBY or PLAY. Possibly PASTIME, though that's hard to imagine.

Next week I will talk about PASTIME, and then we will go back to the whole picture.