“All grown-ups were once children… but only a few of them remember it.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery …
Do you remember what it was like being a child? To possess the ability to play by yourself and let your imagination run free; to be carefree and content with life in its current form; to be yourself with truly no inhibitions and without a care in the world. If we do not remember what it was like… perhaps it would do us well to spend some time in reflection and observing children to help us refresh our memories a bit. And if we do remember… well then why not allow ourselves the opportunity to experience some of those positive qualities of being a child once again?
Being an adult does not mean that we can no longer allow ourselves to experience the wonderful qualities of being a child. For instance, many of my adult friends spend too much time worrying about life–their finances, their jobs, their houses and cars, their relationships. It is important that we fulfill our obligations and responsibilities; however, we can still do so with a cheerful and lighthearted attitude. Worry simply eats away at the potential happiness we could be experiencing in life.
We are here to teach children… just as much as they are here to teach us. Respect the institutions of life, but learn to relax. Be silly and have fun in life. Allow yourself to be who you really are. Learn to enjoy life and find positive in whatever comes your way. Good or bad–you are going to have to face it either way.
Allow your younger self to be free today.
Questions to consider:
How seriously do you take life? Do you allow yourself to have fun?
What is your definition of fun?
Why do our concerns and worries often grow so strong in our lives?
For further thought:
“Children have a remarkable talent for not taking the adult world with the kind of respect that we are so confident it ought to be given. To the irritation of authority figures of all sorts, children expend considerable energy in “clowning around.” They refuse to appreciate the gravity of our monumental concerns, while we forget that if we were to become more like children our concerns might not be so monumental.” ~Conrad Hyers