I Never Want to Grow Up: How to Really Play Like A Big Kid

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“I’d like to be a kid again but only because naps were insisted, twirling in circles was acceptable, and the only password I had to remember was open sesame.” – Adar Burks

Sometimes you just have to abandon your worldly concerns, and play.

That was what my weekend was all about and I loved every single moment of it. Even through those first moments of fear that I silently kept to myself as it coursed through my veins, I stuck it out and decided to just play instead. It was the best decision I could have made!

This weekend I lived in the moment, I had no concerns about what anyone thought (ok, at first I did but before I knew it I just didn’t care anymore and play took over!) I played, I felt free, I felt liberated, I created with abandon and I squeezed every bit of life out of those moments dripping with child-like play.

“Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.” Tom Wargo

Maybe on an average day just watching my two nieces, age 3 and 5 play, pretending they’re superheros or princesses or playing house or playing hide and go seek with them reminds me how to be a kid again. Watching them never fails to leave me with such a sense of wonder, of pure joy, a return to innocence and of a simpler time.  As we grow up most of us seem to lose that child-like sense of living but it is there for each and every one of us to take hold of and to simply just play again.

There were moments this weekend where my heart was beating so fast and loud I was sure everyone could hear it but I stood and faced whatever fear was coming up, and I abandoned all caution and did it anyway and all I was left with by the end was pure unadulterated joy.

Life is undoubtedly filled with paying bills, grocery shopping, going to work, attending meetings, doing the school run, cleaning up and everything else that comes with being an adult. There is nothing fun in the mundane daily tasks of being an adult. But it is because of that very reason that we have to inject a little play into our lives.

Life is serious enough as it is and as adults we certainly do serious well. We need to take our cue from kids. We need to lose ourselves in play. Be a baboon, or a dinosaur, or even a cowboy or indian. We need to watch as kids squeal in delight and then do the same! We need to forget who is watching and we certainly need to stop being constrained by what we think other people expect of us.  Instead we should just feel the freedom of being fully alive, all our senses open wide and we need to create like a child.  Be free, wild and just have fun. Imagine how different our lives could be. There really are no limitations.

“Think what a better world it would be if we all – the whole world – had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. ” ~Robert Fulghum

Be curious and begin to explore life with a beginners mind.

Ask what, and why, what if and why not?

We have to do everything we can not to lose our child-like nature.  I’m not saying that we should abandon all our adult responsibilities, but we need to learn how to colour our world with more child-like activities. We need to be more ridiculously curious. We need to learn how to get excited like a child again, and to remember what it feels like to feel the grass under our feet, we need to play in the rain more, to whooohooo all the way down a water slide with our arms up in the air, getting totally wet while whooshing from side to side, legs flying all over, becoming airborne as we go over the bumps, laughing the whole way through and not having a care in the world.

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“I am often accused of being childish.  I prefer to interpret that as child-like.  I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things.  I tend to exaggerate and fantasize and embellish.  I still listen to instinctual urges.  I play with leaves.  I skip down the street and run against the wind.  I never water my garden without soaking myself.  It has been after such times of joy that I have achieved my greatest creativity and produced my best work.” ~Leo F. Buscaglia

My world was rocked with amazingness of child-like fun this weekend. I hope next time you see that rainbow, you gawk at the beauty of its colours in full child-like amazement and next time you see a puddle, run and jump right into the middle of it and make a splash!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

We have only one life.

Get really enthusiastic about the smallest and simplest things.

Ask the crazy questions.

Laugh out aloud, from the gut.

Believe in the magic of the unseeable.

Believe in the Toothfairy, Santa Clause and Unicorns.

Piggyback off a child’s undeniable and unshakable wonder and faith.

Take a weekend, play until you fall asleep, then wake up and play some more.

It was the most freeing weekend I have had in a long time. I feel like I have grown and expanded in unimaginable ways. I reconnected with the kid in me and I love everything about her.  I feel about ten years younger and I can’t seem to wipe the smile off my face today.

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This kid-like fun place is a wondrous place that every adult should reconnect with.  In that place miracles are happening every second.  Peek in and find the sheer joy of it for yourself, for you are never too old…

~ So much thanks goes to my amazing best friend for an incredible weekend away and for always saying yes to life’s crazy things with me and to my wonderful godson who literally went running and diving into our child-like weekend of fun showing me how it is done. I had the best time and THANK YOU will never seem suffice. This weekend has memories I will carry with me for a lifetime. I have literally had the time of my life! ~

Another Day Another Adventure Pic from Photopin

Kid Twirling and Waterslide Pic from Favim

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Natalie
    Apr 15, 2013 @ 16:02:21

    Says you and me BOTH!!! That was just absolutely AMAZEBALLS and I am so glad you said YES! May many more adventures like this one come our way… :-)

    Reply

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