“Embrace your inner child.”
As a child, there were a lot of things that we did without shame or remorse that filled us with immeasurable joy. Often, they were very simple things. As we get older, other things occupy our time, and maybe those once simple things become worn and out dated. But after a while, recalling those things can seem new again, and can bring the kind of joy that was thought only possible as a child.
As a child, I loved finding a tree and climbing onto the first solid branch I could find. It was a challenge to climb some, but getting to where I needed to be, feeling much, MUCH taller than MOST people made me feel like I was on top of the world. I think I was around 13 years old when I climbed my last tree. Just a few days ago, on a random whim by a very good friend of mine, I was dared to climb the tree in the park we were walking in. At first, there was my initial hesitation: “That’s so childish, I’m an adult, I’m in a suit, What will others think?” and so forth.
Maybe I’d had a good day, but I decided to accept the dare, and climb the tree. Being much taller than before, it was much easier than I remembered, and yet hitting that first stable branch several meters in the air still had the emotional significant it had as a child.
There are many things we forget as children. Our memories can be very fickle things. But some things we can easily revive if we simply allow ourselves to do so. For many of us, childhood is a time of fun, excitement, newness, discovery, and exploration. As we age, the tendency can sometimes be to discard those simple pleasures for a new car, a job, etc. We are as old as we act, and while as adults we are given much greater responsibilities, there is nothing saying that we can’t retain the same youthful enthusiasm we had as children.
What are some of the things you used to do as a child? Indulge in a little sense of play. Embrace your inner child just a bit this weekend. And if you have kids, or younger relatives, join in on their sense of play!