Hello SOTGC community,
I recently reread the timeless piece Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince translated into English) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. One of the main themes of this novel is the notion that there is much that adults can learn from children.
In light of this, here are five ways to reconnect with your inner child – a fun path towards emotional wellness.
Embrace your uniqueness – As adults, we often find ourselves conforming to the status quo, comparing ourselves to others, and investing significant amounts of energy into fitting in. Children, however, remind us of their uniqueness at every chance they get. Children love to talk about their favorite color, the new project they are working on, what they are good at. Children enjoy being themselves and share with us what makes them unique.
Be inquisitive – As adults we can sometimes fall into a trap of monotony in a world where there is always more to learn, discover, and experience. Children have an innate drive to learn about the world around them, using all their senses – they have a hunger for knowledge. They are always asking questions, wanting to try something new, and seeking new and innovative ways to immerse themselves in the environment they find themselves in. Being that toddler sticking sand in its mouth at the park to see what it tastes like may not exactly be your cup of tea…but find your own way of embracing a new sense of curiosity!
Use your imagination – When you were a child you were able to sail on boats while fighting off pirates, you were able to use your magic powers to save the world, you were able to build castles in the sky. Use this same imagination (with some minor changes) to achieve your dreams as an adult. You may not be able to travel back in time or turn into a dinosaur, but you can most definitely dream big and use your imagination to work through the challenges that you face on the way to achieving your goals. Here’s to thinking outside the box!
Be optimistic – Children are amazing optimists; their perspective often shines light on the positive. Some may say that being optimistic is naïve or juvenile – that somehow part of growing up involves becoming more “realistic.” I say embrace that childhood sense of optimism; being both realistic and optimistic is far from being mutually exclusive. Being optimistic drives hope and growth and creates a foundation that nurtures the finding of solutions. Have that “I can” attitude and definitely look on the bright side of things!
Be silly – Last, but not least, sometimes the thing we need most is to let go and be in the moment. Sometimes this requires being silly – laughing till your stomach hurts, dancing like no one is watching, getting your hair wet at the beach or not worrying about the big mess left behind after making cupcakes. Children do this best – here’s to embracing our silly sides!
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