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How I Found My Way Back To LEGO – Geek Review

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Shannon Flynn/Review Geek

There is no shortage of misconceptions in the world, but there is one common myth that I am particularly passionate about debunking. What is it, you ask? It’s the idea that LEGO games are just for kids.

Like many children, I grew up playing with LEGO bricks. I would spend hours at the dining room table building everything from houses to zoos with my little brother. Then, somewhere along the way, I decided I was too old for LEGO, and my bricks were left to collect dust in the basement.

Unfortunately, this is an all too common story. As kids get older, they put their LEGO games aside in favor of seemingly more mature activities. However, when we do this, we don’t realize that we are giving away little pieces of ourselves when it is not necessary. That’s because LEGO isn’t just for kids. This is something I discovered by chance some Christmases ago.

Three LEGO buildings form a Christmas village.
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In honor of giving season, my husband’s parents gave him the LEGO Ship in a Bottle. At the time, they thought it was just a cool take on a traditional ship in a bottle. They had no way of knowing that this gift would reignite my passion for LEGO.

When we got home from the Christmas festivities that night, my husband noticed me looking hungrily at his new LEGO set. He smiled and asked, “Do you want to open it now?” I, of course, gave an enthusiastic “yes” and off we went.

At first, we thought we would only build a part of the model and then pick it up again later. I couldn’t resist the LEGO siren song though, and we finished the ship that night. I have to admit that although we worked together on the model, little by little I began to take over the construction. Fortunately, my husband kindly let me take his Christmas gift. And once the last brick of that set was in place, I had both a ship in a bottle and a rekindled passion for LEGO.

Hello LEGO my old friend

LEGO succulents and a LEGO pink bonsai sit next to each other.
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Putting together that Christmas present made me realize how much I had missed sitting down and creating with LEGO. For me, there is something beautiful and relaxing about concentrating on a project that is challenging yet creative. The hours seemed to disappear as the entire set appeared before me. I knew it would be just the first of many LEGO games that I would complete as an adult.

I started treating myself to a new LEGO set every few months, especially during the colder months when the Ohio weather forced me to spend more time indoors. My husband also quickly learned that a LEGO set is a gift that he will always make me smile. Some women want a bouquet of flowers for a special occasion, but I prefer something from the LEGO Botanical Collection. It gives me the beauty and sparkle of a bouquet without the guilt of shortening the life of a flower.

Just as my passion for building with these bricks began to rise, something else was gaining ground around the world: COVID. As the global pandemic forced us to stay at home, I found comfort and entertainment in my LEGO sets. I could get lost in a build and have a unique display piece when I’m done. It kept my spirits up and added character to my home during a difficult time, so it was a win/win.

Bricks aren’t just for kids

A LEGO ship in a bottle sits on a shelf.
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Even though we don’t have to stay home anymore, I still find the LEGO games have a special place in my heart and life. Building a new set is an opportunity to connect with both my creative and analytical sides while relaxing and having fun. Very few activities offer all of these benefits at the same time.

As you may have guessed, my LEGO collection has grown steadily over the years. Since I brought the first set home, I’ve added awesome pieces to my office, including the LEGO typewriter and LEGO globe, as well as sets inspired by the shows I love. The office and weird eye. LEGO sets have even become part of my Christmas decorations for everything from Halloween to Christmas, thanks to pieces like the LEGO Haunted House set and LEGO Idea Home Alone.

Now that my passion for LEGO has returned, I have no intention of letting it go anymore. I think many adults would love to build a LEGO set if given the chance.

And even if LEGO isn’t for you, I’m sure there’s a childhood passion or interest that’s waiting for you to pick up on. I encourage you to give it a try without worrying about being judged for liking it or thinking you’re too mature for it. No one should be too mature to be happy and have a little fun. And as my brother has always told me, “Sometimes you just have to like what you like.”

In short, I am forever grateful to LEGO for creating a product that brings me as much joy and relaxation as an adult as it did as a child. I am also very grateful that LEGO has been there for me at a time when there was so much uncertainty in the world. As I look back on my journey, I couldn’t be happier that I found my way back to LEGO.

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