Mother Nature gave an awesome preview of summer!
It was a challenge focusing at work – I found any reason I could imagine to be outside, foregoing lunch just so I could spend a few more minutes soaking up the sun.
The children in the neighborhood had early dismissals all week long and I envied their freedom as they skipped home.
Have you ever just watch a kid? Their joy is not to be missed. They have a freedom that adults lose in the quest to grow up. What if we never grow up? What if we decide to hold on to some of the more youthful things and apply it to our lives?
Hear are four ways to be more like a child:
- Watch a child. Observing kids as they ride their bikes, run down the street, or create a game fills me with delight. Kids are free from id, giving their all with no thought of how it looks. Even if a kid makes a mistake they shrug it off and give things another go.
Do child-like things. Jump rope, sing rhymes, play jacks – whatever activity you enjoyed as a child. I like to put on a concert in front of my mirror and imitate the dances from musicals of my youth. Sometimes I switch on the cartoons I used to watch (Bugs Bunny or Scooby Doo) and recall the first time I saw the episodes.
LAUGH. Some kids laughter cuts through me like a hot knife in butter. The majority of the mirth is pleasing. Listening to a kid laugh means a kid feels secure and safe.
The most important thing: Have fun. When I forget about whether my butt looks too big (it normally does) or if the activity at hand is dignified or not, I forget to focus on the activity on hand which makes it more of a bother. Letting myself go, not worrying about things, and just enjoying are how kids handle things.
Much to the chagrin of the kids, I’m heading out in my silliest outfit and cracking jokes while I do it.