Yet another great read, Jessica!
I love how you framed up how most of us think adulting should be dull and stressful and agonizing, all the time. That that’s just “how it is.” It’s a good reminder that, fuck that, we deserve fun and games, too. In fact, as you mentioned, not getting those fun and games could be detrimental.
Personally, I’m trying to do more IRL things as games/toys, versus playing a game on my phone. Like in the past week, I’ve been drawing every day. Physically putting pen to paper, scribbling like a kid, it’s all been helping me connect with that inner child. And is a great momentary escape from adult life, as you said.