When was the last time you used your imagination to fly away in a rocket, admitted you were scared of the dark or spent time playing tag and hide-and-go-seek? Probably not for a while, right? But that stuff is for kids anyway. Or, is it?
If you stop and take a moment to watch how children live and interact, you’ll realize they know quite a few life lessons already—lessons that somehow we lost sight of as adults. So, it’s time to throw age out the window and look to the youngsters to teach us a thing or two. So, go ahead and act like a kid. Here’s how…
1. Be Curious
Some children have a natural curiosity for things when they’re young that leads them to taste, smell, see and touch everything they can get their hands on. When they want to know more they ask, “Why?” “How?” “What’s that?”…a lot. It’s an incredible gift when you think about it. What if we had just half the curiosity they do? It would lead to daily discoveries, innovations and new ideas.
2. Play, Play, Play
Let loose like the kiddos and simply play…play…play. Put down the phone and the distractions and have a good time doing something you love. When you open up and enjoy yourself, stress is reduced and your mind becomes clear. We’re talking about playing in the sand, flying a kite, swimming for fun, playing dress-up—things you did as a kid. Invite your friends to do the same. Your only mission: have some fun!
3. Enjoy the Little Things
Have you ever noticed how children can be so interested and amused with simple things, and not necessarily their new toy? From bugs on the ground to silly shadows or a strong breeze, they’re amused by things, that as adults, we don’t think twice about. Stop and look around. There’s a lot to be thankful for and appreciative of in this world. Go explore it.
4. Use Your Imagination
It’s amazing how kids can find a cardboard box and turn it into a spaceship, or pick up a stick and it’s suddenly a magic wand. That’s the amazing thing about an imagination—it will take you anywhere. Try using your imagination a little more, think outside the lines. Whether it’s for work or play—see where your mind can take you. Once you open yourself up, the possibilities are endless.
5. Take a Nap
Remember naptime? A fresh glass of milk, a plate of cookies, your favorite blankie and a little shut eye. Why do we eliminate this great time when we’re older? Studies show that when you can nap for 20-30 minutes a day, you receive a new boost of alertness. Instead of feeling tired and groggy, you’ll be reenergized. Sounds like the perfect solution to afternoon slumps.
6. Let Go
Kids fall down. Cry. Stand up and move on. They’re in a fight with a friend one day and best friends the next. Children are much better at letting things go than we are. When we hold on to negativity and the past, we’re unable to move on.
7. Live Like There’s No Tomorrow
When you’re young, each day holds the promise of adventure and excitement. We could use a little bit (or a lot) of that, couldn’t we? For children, a new day is a fresh start. Yesterday is in the past, tomorrow hasn’t happened, but today is the day to live for. It’s about having the most fun, making the most discoveries, being with your friends and enjoying the moment. Tomorrow seems too far away to think about. Today is what matters.
8. Speak Your Mind
Children aren’t known for having much of a filter, if any. Although it causes us embarrassment from time to time, they still speak their mind. They tell you when they’re hungry, sad, angry, scared or hurt. As we get older we don’t always express ourselves like we did when we were younger. But as children have shown us, the freedom of expression can open hearts, open minds, and yes, even open arms.
9. Say ‘I Love You’
How many times do you hear “I love you, Mom” or “I love you, Grandma” in a day or even an hour? Kids express their love a lot—whenever they feel it. So, if we feel it, let’s say it. We all could give out a few more ‘I love you’s’ every day. The more we start saying it, the more we’ll start hearing it in return.
What did you want to be when you “grew up”? A doctor? A ballerina? The President of the United States? Your dreams and aspirations were endless. It’s not only about going for what you want, but truly believing that you can. At age 5, you thought nothing could stop you. At 55, we think of a millions reasons why we can’t. It’s time to dream again and believe that what we truly want can come true.