I believe being silly, and the underlying Need for play, is heavily discouraged as adults. I have so much appreciation for NVC recognizing play as a universal human Need. We’re trained to believe that children play but adults are responsible and work and do not play.
Acknowledging this vital human Need has really opened the door to authenticity, self-acceptance, and joy for me. Which in turn has facilitated my curiosity about life and human interaction. And when we can face the unfamiliar with curiosity rather than judgment, it makes it much easier to be present with “how can we make life more wonderful?” rather than “who is right and who is wrong?”
Have you acknowledged your need for play lately?