Find where you belong…. claim your space and place through Play and Playfulness.
“We often trick ourselves into thinking that we need is 1st place, when what we are really looking for is ‘our place.’ So when you find yours, amongst the renegades of spin; and the master string benders, don’t let anyone tell you it’s a childish thing. Catch it, and hold on to it; because when we find where we belong, we don’t care who’s in first, just that we are here. That we are together. And we are, the Champions.”Netflix’s “We are the Champions”, the Yo-Yo Episode.
Camaraderie is like the wind, you can see and feel its impact; but, you can’t see it.
You have probably experienced the feeling of camaraderie, maybe in sport, in a band, or a work team. What is frequently felt is the loss of camaraderie when the group is dissolved, caput. That loss is an homage to the impact and importance of camaraderie.
One playful example is the TV hit FRIENDS theme song “I’ll Be There for You” by The Rembrandts. A group of friends, living, loving, and playing through good times and bad.
Camaraderie is often sensed while deep in a project, or a joint experience where everyone is “giving it” all for the common good. For us, during Covid, we especially feel camaraderie through our team mates at FIU and our research on Adults, Play, and Playfulness.
Margot Lee Shetterly’s “Hidden Figures” depicts another great example as she shares the story of four African-American female mathematicians and engineers who worked between the 1930’s and 1960’s for NASA. Three were labeled ‘entry-level computers.’ Yes, you read that correctly “computers”. Dorthy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, who became the first African-American woman to be promoted into the Senior Executive Service, overcame discrimination as in a white male work environment and were instrumental to America winning the Race to Space.
Tough times? Absolutely. Intense experiences? You bet. Yet, the lives depicted (a compilation of many individuals) demonstrate a deep sharing… a camaraderie between the primary characters exhibited in part as they dance and celebrate together.
All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall.”Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers
May we all experience the camaraderie expressed by The Three Musketeers!