While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about. Angela Schwindt
When was the last time you laughed aloud with abandon? Can you remember when you simply enjoyed an hour without worrying about anything? When did you last do something simply for the fun of it ~ whether it be throw caution to the wind and get the big size milkshake that you’ve been craving (yes, I adore ice cream!) or fall down in a pile of leaves just for the silliness of it? Do you recall the last time you spontaneously hugged someone? Or yelled at the top of your lungs with joy?
Have you ever watched children in a playground (not in that stalker way of course)? They enjoy life ~ they throw back their heads in joyous abandon and whoop it up to the skies! They passionately play, using their imaginations to slay dragons and bad guys ~ they are fairy princesses with the ability to wave magic wands and turn jungle gyms into castles ~ and best of all, everyone around them is their friend.
Somehow as adults, we lose a bit of that child within us ~ bills, worries, jobs, responsibilities all seem to overtake our daily lives and at times, we forget the simplicity of life which children enjoy. The joy of imagination, the possibility of anything and everything, the idea that rainbows with pots of gold at the end actually exist seem to fade as the years pass. That old saying, “youth is wasted on the young” comes to mind and yet, I don’t believe it. “You are as young as you feel” supersedes it and I feel a renewed sense of peace.
Now some of us may not have had the best of childhoods, but I don’t believe that should make any difference. Anyone can enjoy that happiness now. It’s a choice because you are older now and you are able to choose how you look at life around you. You can imagine slaying the dragons of negativity in your life with your imaginary sword or waving your magic wand and turning those rocks into diamonds with a flick of your wrist and few well-placed “abracadabras”. It’s all available to you once you shrug off the adulthood filter that you’ve been hiding behind for so long.
So today your challenge is to renew the child within ~ fearlessly let out that joy that’s bubbling under the surface, take an hour to relax and just be without worries, own those sandy toes which are wiggling on the beach in your mind until you can actually get there…
Being a responsible adult doesn’t mean you have to be serious all the time and lose your childlike wonder…take a moment when you can and look up ~ spot a cloud and imagine what it looks like to you ~ you’ll be glad you did when you realize that once you tap into that joy, you will EN-JOY your day all the more!
So Cheers to Choosing Childhood Joys!
Ready to sip that milkshake, sitting on the beach, looking up at the sky and giggling with me?
I’ll meet you there in 30 minutes!
Ready, Set, GO!