Sunday, October 1, 2017

20 Alternatives to Neverland

I'm not the biggest Pablo Neruda fan, in spite of our shared nationality, (in fact, in public I call him  a cliché-loving sexist fool) but I will recognize a true verse when I see it, even if it does come from a cliché-loving sexist fool. One of these goes "the child who doesn't play isn't a child, and the adult who doesn't play has forever lost the child within him." 

But play isn't just defying your siblings to a game of The Settlers of Catan or a match of soccer, it can be many things. In fact, Neruda's quote isn't exactly from a poem, but from an interview in which he was asked why he was such an avid collector of random stuff (such as ship figureheads), to which he answered that these things were his toys

A toy can be anything, play can be many things, here are some of the ones I cherish the most:
  1. Choose your ice cream based on color, and not on flavor.
  2. Take any opportunity you might have to dress up in costume, and if opportunities do not show up, then skip them and just dress up for the sake of it.
  3. Read. Books. With. Pictures. In. Them.
  4. Get very exited about things like escalators and pushing the button on the elevator.
  5. Ask questions. All the time.
  6. Ocasionally, rebel against the norm of showers.
  7. Say words wrong. In fact, you can just go ahead and invent your own wrong words, making them a part of your vocabulary. Let no one dare correct you. It's going to be supercallifragilistcexpiallidocious.
  8. Watch cartoons.
  9. Use funny socks and enjoy it immensely.
  10. Spontaneously ug your Mom or another loved one and tell her you love her or him.
  11. Go to the nearest park and use the playground. Particularly, the swings. Imagine that if you swing hard enough, you might be able to land on the moon or Jupiter. Swing so hard that you get a little bit scared that you might go around the bars.
  12. Have an imaginary friend that you can talk to and have pretty important discussions with.
  13. Enjoy a good sprint. Pretend you have wings and are flying.
  14. Dare to wear non-color coordinated clothes.
  15. Be overenthusiastic about going out and doing things.
  16. Be a sticker hoarder.
  17. Concoct unique combinations at a soda dispenser and name them after yourself.
  18. Climb a nearby friendly tree. You might even find that the tree invites you to a interesting conversation regarding the funny behaviour of ants.
  19. Go barefoot.
  20. Lay on the grass to watch the sky. Forget about that annoying thing called time and it's horrible tendency to pass.

Ahoy readers :) See you in Neverland.

Alternative Definitions for Words Concerning Desire (part 2)

Inclination: Said of the temporary cloudiness that perturbs a person's mind when entering a store with beautiful items on sale.
Infatuation: The smell of one's beloved.
Itch: The physical manifestation of sexual desire. Usually refers to the anatomy surrounding, and including, the groin.
Lasciviousness: The smell in a room after sex has been had within it.
Lechery: Unrestrained or excessive indulgence of chocolate.
Libido: The color of plants during spring. Generally used regarding flowers.
Liking: The smell of freshly laundered sheets.
Longing: Looking at old picture albums.
Love: A person that continues to flirt with his or her long-term partner.
Lust: Sparkle.
Mania: Dancing to one's favorite upbeat song.
Motive: An athlete that pictures the finish line while sweating and panting.
Need: The desperate longing for summer that occurs during winter months.
Passion: Discovering a near-perfect work of art, be it a painting, photograph, movie, poem, etcetera.
Predilection: The taste of peanut M&Ms.
Proclivity: The unusually strong weight that overcomes eyelids during a monotonous class.
Propensity: A person that wears too many colors at the same time and yet still manages to look fabulous.
Rapaciousness: An overflowing bouquet.
Rapture: The first stage in an amorous relationship.
Ravenousness: The urge to run barefoot or roll around on a never-ending field of grass.
Relish: The loving embrace with which bedclothes and pillows surround a sleepy person.
Salacity: Beautiful undergarments.
Solicitude: The intense bond created in a long-lasting group of devoted friends.
Thirst: The temptation given by a crystalline swimming pool in the middle of summertime.
Urge: What makes balloons fly away into space.
Voracity: An avant-garde term for brownies.
Want: The feeling of loss when a once perfect relationship goes sour. Usually manifests itself in desperately trying to fix what is probably unfixable.
Will: The act of fixing what seemed unfixable.
Wish: A multitude of candles.

Yearning: A ball of thread wanting to be unspun. Sometimes used regarding tangled earphones.
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