I know two things for certain when it comes to play.
One is that when I play with words, I never lose. I always gain something fresh and new, something I could not have written before. Play teaches me my voice.
The second is that when I play, when I allow myself to get out of the realm of thoughts (aka the mind) into a complete state of “let’s see what happens when I just let my hands move over the keyboard”, I feel a smile bubble up from within.