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I had the opportunity during the last several days to play with some children. Cousins, mostly, and young. And I have to tell you, it was fun. It?s been years since I played hide-and-go-seek. I?d forgotten how I truly didn?t know I was missing the game until I was playing it once more. I actually sat in a hiding spot as my younger cousin was looking for me, and thought to myself, ?Ooo, I really have to pee.?

?Playing? is a concept used frequently by the Dave Matthews Band. DMB is, and probably always will be, my favorite musical group. One thing I find appealing is the music, but what really draws me in is the lyrics. Mainly written by Dave Matthews, the lyrics to many songs stress how we should live our lives to the fullest, because there?s no guarantee tomorrow will be here. The most striking example of this would have to be ?You Never Know.? Here?s a snippet:

There?s not a moment to lose in the game
Don?t let the troubles in your head
Steal too much time you?ll soon be dead
So play

I?ve thought on several occasions about the value of playing. To be young again, no worries, just enjoying the very breath that gives us life. The sun on my face. The gleam of laughter in a child?s eye. Playing is such a childish act, which brings us a touch of innocence that we forget at work, or driving the car stuck in traffic, or shopping for groceries. None of the mundane tasks that make up the minutes of our adult lives ever provide a glimpse of the joy we experienced when playing as children.

I play video games, both on my computer, and sometimes on an X-Box or Playstation 2. I also ride a mountain bike when I get the chance. Neither video games or cycling creates in me the sense that I?m truly having fun. I mean, I thoroughly enjoy the time I spend playing Delta Force, and there?s no rush like riding down the side of a mountain you just climbed up. But running around in a yard, hiding behind a bush, waiting with exhilarated anticipation to be found, is one of the greatest experiences I?ve known on this green earth. As they say, the simple things in life are the most rewarding.

So, in honor of children everywhere: YOU?RE IT!!

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