How to Have Fun as an Adult by Channeling Your Inner Child | E60 Tyson Bankert

My childhood was filled with a constant need for play. I remember playing a lot of backyard sports and fictional quest games that we made-up on the fly.

I always had a sense of adventure. As I got older, I found myself losing touch with that.

COVID was a huge wake up call for me. I’m all about high achievement activities but I also wanted to allow myself to do things just for the simple fact that they put a smile on my face.

I found getting back to this baseline of play and adventure way more challenging than I thought it would be. Speaking with friends, I’ve learned that having fun as an adult is difficult for many of us.

I thought this would make for an interesting topic on The Struggle is Real and I invited my friend Tyson Bankert to join me in this conversation.

Tyson knows a whole lot of fun. He spent many years working at an after-school program where he was responsible for creating opportunities for kids to have fun. He decided to use his skill set for adults and started the company, Recess Calgary, where Tyson creates an environment for “grown-ups” to take a break from adulting.

I’m hoping this conversation sparks a desire to build more play into your life. Tyson also shares timely advice on how to be a better facilitator, being attuned to inclusion, and creating a personal slogan to you can live by.

Show Notes:

[2:31] Experience being a day camp leader and how that lead Tyson to starting Recess Calgary

[14:20] How to play again as an adult

[18:36] Think about the culture of your gathering as a facilitar

[24:12] Creating a sense of safety and comfort at your events

[27:25] Tyson’s personal slogan and how that’s shaped his decision making process

[35:50] Do things change at 30?


The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle

More of Tyson:

Instagram: @recesscalgary

LinkedIn: Tyson Bankert

More of Justin & The Struggle is Real:

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