Image Courtesy of Photostock / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
One of the things I loved most about my children when they were young (and now my grandchildren), was their ability to find fun in everyday things. Kids naturally seek out opportunities to play, and if there are no toys or games available, theyíll make something up.
When was the last time you did that? When was the last time you let down your guard; threw decorum out the window and just had genuine, kid-like, goofy fun? If itís been a while, then maybe itís time you released your inner child (not permanently, or you may raise a few eyebrows); but every now and then. Keep in mind that Iím talking here about fun that you create for yourself; not your children or grandchildren.
In thinking about it, I realise that there are still a few things I did as a child that I still love to do. Things such as:
Draw and colour in.
Play with sand.
Collect shells on the beach.
Eat the cream filling out of the cookies first.
Sort my jellybeans into colours before eating them - yes, I admit it.
I also love watching bugs; making shapes out of clouds, and playing with bubbles in the bath. If it feels good, do it.
What child-like things do you still do?
I recently did a study course, and our lecturer placed play-dough and coloured pencils on each of our tables. He encouraged us to play and draw as we listened. He said that this helps the creative process. Not only was it great fun, but this activity did not distract us at all from our learning.
Itís also healthy to surround ourselves with memories from our childhood. I know adults who collect dolls and Batman memorabilia, and who still sleep with a teddy bear. I have a friend who is sixty-five and is a mad Winnie the Pooh fan. So what? Thatís great.
Just because we grow up doesn't mean we have to give up the things that delighted or comforted us as children.
So get back in touch with the kid you once were. And the sooner the better before your well-meaning family and friends confuse your sudden child-like tendencies for senility! (Kidding)