What do children know that adults seem to have forgotten? Children are more confident, more courageous and enjoy life far more intensely than adults. Sometimes it feels that we spend our entire lives trying to return to who we were as children. Here’s what we can learn from our younger selves to bring more clarity and joy into adulthood.
1) Live for today
live for today Little kids do not dwell on the past, or think to far ahead. They accept things as they are. They don’t try and control things they cant. I am not saying you can’t have plans and dreams, or look forward to the future. I am saying that if you live for today you are more likely to not miss out on opportunities. If you are constantly replaying past events or predicting future events, you may be the victim of your own, unnecessary anxiety. Be present.
2) Be honest
image10 With yourself and with others. Say it as it is. If you like or do not like something, say it. Take responsibility for your actions. Don’t beat around the bush. Don’t care so much about what other people think. Be honest with yourself and wear what you want to wear. Do your hair the way YOU want to do it. Because, ‘the one thing that nobody else has is you. Your voice your mind your story your vision. So write, and draw and build and play and live as only you can.’
3) Laugh more
As we grow older we take on more responsibilities and ‘big girl/big boy’ jobs, which all require forms of ‘seriousness’. The professional world surely requires such focus and maturity, though its okay to not take things so seriously ALL the time. Spend time with people who make you laugh and build you up. Kids don’t have time for people who bring them down. Laughter truly is the best medicine!
4) Dream BIG
dream big tentree Use your imagination and think outside the box. We can do what we put our mind too. ‘I want to be an astronaut! A singer! A talk show host! A doctor! A world traveler! A professional skateboarder! Save all the endangered animals!’ These are all things we hear little kids say. They are all possible. We are never too old to dream a new dream. Continue to dream with your eyes closed, but then live them with your eyes open.
5. Don’t be afraid of new things
It’s always better to regret what you’ve done than what you haven’t done. Don’t let yourself say things like: “What if I had gone on a date with that person?” or “What if I said yes to that job that I was so afraid of?”
Your assumptions are not reality. Sometimes a little bit of risk is necessary to keep going forward. Don’t limit yourself.
6. Have fun
Leave behind all your prejudices and fears of what people will say about you. Children enjoy themselves, laugh, and have fun because they’re not watching out for what people will say about them. They live in the moment.
Enjoy the little things, smile to welcome a new day, and add a little humor to your routine.
7. Be curious
When we lose our sense of curiosity, it’s almost like we die a little inside. Be curious about learning new things, discovering new places to visit. Curiosity leads us towards self-fulfillment.
8, Express yourself sincerely
Adults don’t often speak freely. We’re afraid of our words being rejected, or of what other people will say, or of bothering other people.
And when we always say what other people want to hear, we don’t feel good inside. Free yourself by expressing yourself sincerely, like a child would!