A wise man once said: “Adults are obsolete children”. The man who made that observation was American writer, poet, and cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to generations of children across the world as Dr Seuss. When he wrote his celebrated rhyming books ‘The Cat in the Hat’, ‘Green Eggs and Ham’, ‘Fox in Socks’, ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ and more, he did so in the belief that they would appeal to readers of all ages.
We are all children at heart and are envious of the young who enjoy the wonders of life every day. The problem is, the conventions of adulthood insist we no longer experience the joys of youth because….. well, just because you’re a grown-up!
That shouldn’t be the case. A lot of the mechanisms we need as adults to cope with stress were in fact learned when we were kids. It’s just a matter of finding them again. Here are some simple things you can do to unleash your inner child.
Join the Kids
The next time your kids venture out for a bike ride or head down to the skateboard park, why not join them? Don’t go along as parents, but as fellow biking or boarding enthusiasts. Riding a bike should be simple enough to remaster but you might need a bit of practice and safety equipment if you decide to hop on a board. Head over to the Penny Skateboards website for some equipment ideas.
Believe in fairy tales, Santa Claus and unicorns; and dream. Okay, it might be hard to accept their actual existence but you can still enjoy the magic of believing. There is something beautiful in a child’s unshakeable faith and ability to dream of wonderful things. Open your minds and believe in the possibility of the unseeable.
Dance and Clap
Have you ever watched children really enjoying themselves? They dance, jump and clap. Crank up some of your favourite music and spend time dancing, jumping and clapping in time to the rock and roll or whatever takes your fancy. You can do it alone, but dancing in front of others might be contagious.
Laugh, Laugh and Laugh again
While you’re having fun, let out a deep, hearty belly laugh. As we get older, we are taught that to laugh heartily out loud is somehow unseemly. What utter rubbish. You’ll feel happier and younger after you’ve laughed until you’ve cried.
Skip a Little
Finally, this isn’t for the faint hearted. But next time you’re walking down the street, suddenly skip a little way. Admittedly, you’re going to get a few frowns and stares but who cares, right? The purpose of the exercise is to enjoy life and feel young again. If it works for you, it’s all good. A few people might even start skipping with you.
Try out a few of these things or anything else you notice children enjoy as a part of their natural day. And always remember the immortal words of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ author CS Lewis: “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again”.