As you grow older and morph into a being known as an “adult” you lose a lot of your childlike tendencies and sense of fun.
You’re expected to be polite, responsible, well behaved, pay your bills and show up at places on time. People expect you to be clean and to, er, smell nice.
If you have kids some childlike fun might creep back into your life. You run around the playground, you rediscover the thrill of hide and seek, you watch asinine morning cartoons. But you’re still the adult in the relationship, and you get to call when it’s time for everyone to brush their teeth and go to bed.
That’s why I liked planking.
Planking was an opportunity to be silly. Just plain old silly. To lie on your face in a public place, doing no harm to anyone else, but getting a rush because you’re doing something unexpected that just makes you (and others) laugh.
Planking can be innocuous fun and unites both the plankee and the photographer, because what they’re doing is so Monty Pythonesque and makes absolutely no sense. It’s a break from the restrictive adult world.
Tom Williamson took a photo of me planking at the lawn Moonlight Cinemas and I took a photo of him planking on the nearby bin; we had a great time doing it. Samantha Cain planked on a table at the Governor Hindmarsh in front of a bemused man who looked vaguely like a bikie. Kate Potter planked on a pool table at an engagement party. Anthony Coles showed me the planking way (and Paul Kitching showed him), when he planked in the so-called corporate bar at the Big Day Out. All of these planks inspired laughter amongst us and we still look back at them with a smile.
The Wolfman’s plank when he celebrated a score was one of the most original sporting celebrations in a long time. I loved it.
But of course, like almost anything that humans do, planking was taken to the extreme. Some plankers started doing planks in precarious places and now our bit of fun is questioned by cynics, wowsers and people who don’t have a funny bone in their body.
Drinking can be taken to dangerous extremes. So is driving. Heck, even eating is taken to life threatening extremes these days.
For those of you who enjoy foolish planks, where you’re not balancing several storeys up in the air, I say keep on planking. Just #PlankSafe.