When I was young I could do backbends. I could stand on my hands. I could fall down, bounce back up and keep running. I could move a couch without wetting my pants.
It’s all too easy to come up with things I used to be able to but now can’t. Lately I’ve been trying to remember things I used to do and still can, but for some reason stopped. One day instead of hopping up on the bed to put on my socks, I sat on the floor like I did when I was a kid. The simple act created a small shift in attitude. What else can I still do?
- Go outside barefoot
- Drink hot chocolate
- Make clover necklaces
- Watch tv with a blanket and a pillow on the floor
- Squirt Hershey’s Syrup in my mouth
- Picnic on a blanket
- Color with crayons
- Pick dandelions and put them in a vase
- Stare up at the stars
- Lay on my back and imagine shapes in the clouds
- Make snow angels
Children have a way of keeping us young at heart. They encourage us to play and leave our cares behind. Playing with children allows us permission to indulge. But hey! When you were a kid, all you wanted to do is grow up so you could do whatever you want whenever you want. So if you want to act like a kid all by yourself, you get to do that.
What did you used to do that you still can if you wanted to? Go for it. I double dog dare you.
Your inner child is waiting.
Peace . . .