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4 Ways to be More Childish on World Children’s Day (and every other day!)

By Beth Davidson

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In most cases calling someone childish means being immature and naive. But why is it tied to negative connotations? It’s time to turn it on its head and instead, think of it as being – curious, playful and a little, or a lot, bit silly.

We can learn so many valuable life lessons from children. Our own children, other people’s children and from our own childhood memories.

Children make us view the world as a more beautiful place, they make us cry with laughter and make us consider major philosophical questions like: Why do I have two eyes but only see one thing?

…Mind-Blown.

As adults, you begin to realise your life as a child was AMAZING! (Not that your life as an adult isn’t amazing). You were one smart and fearless little squirt. Children perfect the art of forgiveness, they’re incredibly resilient and they dream BIG. Do you ever catch yourself constantly smiling when you’re around children? I do. But maybe that’s because I’m not a mum yet and don’t have a snotty child clinging to my leg like a Koala Bear. Sometimes as we grow older that fire within us that burned so bright when we were a child, seems to fade more and more as we grow older. We take life more seriously and rather than ponder over what Santa’s last name is we tend to stress over adult stuff like tax, our job and relationships.

With that in mind, here are 4 ways to be more childish, to keep that fire burning when it seems to be going out:

Hakuna Matata – It means no worries…

Adults often panic and stress about things they have absolutely no control over. Things like the weather, the past and negative opinions from others. We rarely see children getting caught up with the nonsense. If it rains, they make a mud pie. If something bad happened yesterday, they put it aside and focus on today. They ignore other people’s negative opinions. The biggest thing I worried about as a child was making sure I ate enough carrots so I could have super-duper night vision (funnily enough I’m still waiting on it). It’s easy to let your day be ruled by the pointless things that generally bring us down.

Don’t sweat the small stuff, because after all, it’s a problem free philosophy…. HAKUNA MATATA!! (I couldn’t help myself)

 

Pure Imagination…

Let me ask you a question: When was the last time you ran up your stairs on all fours like a dog? Your answer might be, “Beth, what’re you talking about I did that last night,” If so then more power to you! But for most of us, the answer will be “I can’t remember.” Up until the age of about 12, children take the simple things in life and make them that little bit better. Let me give you a couple of examples: Pretending the floor is Lava or pretending you were a TV chef when you were cooking and baking (I definitely didn’t do this…). We need to use this incredible and limitless thing we’ve been given and use it in all its glory.

As Gene Wilder once said, ‘If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it.’ By adding a sprinkle of imagination to any mundane task, you can turn your day, and your world, into a more enjoyable and colourful place.

The Fear – Stop hesitating…

As adults, we can sometimes be big scaredy-cats. There is a difference between being fearless and being dangerous. I’m not saying that you should climb Mount Everest or jump into a cage of alligators. Being fearless can mean different things to different people.

For example: to pluck up the courage and talk to that person you like, to travel the world by yourself or to finally apply for THAT job.

It’s natural to be afraid but it shouldn’t stop you from doing the things in life that you often want the most but are too scared to actually do. Most Children have little, or no fear. They bust a move at weddings, they excitedly get up in front of their class to tell them what they did at the weekend, they swim at the deep end of the pool (one of my biggest fears, don’t ask…). So why does fear become a bigger issue as we get older? I don’t know the exact reason, but I can give it a good guess. We think of the risks before the benefits and worry too much about what people think.

Whenever you’re face to face with something you fear, use the 5-second rule created by Mel Robbins. Count back from 5 and when you get to 1, just do it – feel the fear and do it anyway.

 

Hello…

Start saying hello to strangers. I guarantee it’ll make your day better.

 

Children are fun, adventurous and loving creatures. We can learn so much from them. Ageing is inevitable but growing up isn’t. So please, don’t grow up. It’s a trap!

 

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