Soul Sunday: Child’s Play

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetOne of my favourite quotes of all time is “don’t grow up, it’s a trap.” I think it really embodies the idea of staying true to the youthful, vivacious, playful spirit all children have.

To me, getting older doesn’t mean you have to stop playing, dreaming and marveling at the world around you. I’m all for tickle fights, silly games, laughing hysterically until your tummy hurts and blowing bubbles. Sometimes, you really just have to let loose and set your inner child free.

It’s easy to lose sight of what really matters in life and get caught up in daily stresses. We forget how fun it can be to dance in the rain, sing spontaneous made-up songs and tell stories. We forget that for the most part, we’re here to enjoy life and allow ourselves to be awe-struck by birds and bees and shooting stars.

Children have an innate knowledge of the world in its purest form. They know that the simplest things are the best things and they see everything for what it is. They know how to laugh, be silly and dream up the most wonderful imaginary places. I think we should all take a cue or two from the children in our life.

This Sunday, do something completely spontaneous that you feel completely ridiculous doing. Just let loose, have fun and let your inner five-year-old take over. Remember that hobby you had as a child that fell by the wayside as you got older? Maybe you were obsessed with insects and butterflies, or maybe you had an amazing rock collection. Whatever it was, try to recapture that feeling of awe and wonder you experienced every time you learned something new or discovered something about the world that set your imagination in motion.

Growing older doesn’t mean we have to give up learning, playing or laughing like a hyena. If we all let our inner children have a little fun once in a while, the world would be a much better (and more pleasurable!) place.

Play. Daydream. Laugh. Joke. These are the things that make the world go round, never give them up for anything!

How have you set your inner child free lately? Let me know in the comments!

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