Stepping outside just before dawn over the past few weeks there is a sensation, a smell, a feeling that quickly floods my brain producing a state that is most accurately described as the perfect balance of contentment and excitement. What is this magic that is happening in my mind? It’s the triggering of my childhood memory of the beginning of summer: another school year was done, and I had an entire summer to do whatever I wanted! It took me a couple of days to figure it out, but I quickly recognized there was no reason not to approach this summer, and in fact every season, with that same sense of opportunity – it would simply require listening to my inner child.
There are many things adults can learn from children. Paulo Coelho states: “A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.”
Children are excited about the future; as adults we often dwell too much on the past. Dreams of a child are unlimited; adults often stifle their dreams based on past failures or their current situation. Children are naturally positive; they believe people are basically good – adults often let skepticism distort their perspective.
Daydream back to your childhood and add these childish traits to your personal profile: honest, open-minded, questioning attitude, imaginative, energetic, and enjoys naps! Your inner child knew how to enjoy the simple things – from the secret clubhouse that was actually a cardboard box to the excitement of just being allowed outside. Many times you were told: “Walk; don’t run!” In retrospect, that may not have been the best advice – adults actually need to run more (at least figuratively speaking): approach everything with the energy and enthusiasm of your younger self!