Hello and happy Monday to you all! I know, I know, no one likes Mondays. No one likes to leave the freedom and comfort of the weekend behind to be thrust unprepared into the monotony and boredom of the work week. But life is short and to spend our whole lives hating one entire day of the week seems like a big waste of what little time we have on this Earth. Let’s try to think about Monday’s a little differently, shall we?
I say Mondays are a time for new beginnings. I say Mondays are full of new possibilities and an exciting chance to do it all over again, and this time, get it right.
This Monday I am struggling to take my own advice. I was up early, and I was getting stuff done but only because I was having so much trouble sleeping, which means I am tired now. I got into work and shit was already hitting the fan. I’m also struggling to maintain a positive attitude.
“All of us were once children, but only some of us remember that”
// Steven Aitchison
For the past few weeks, I have been listening to the Radio Headspace podcast. I was very sad to find out that I had discovered it after it had already ended but there are some excellent stories and bits of information in the archives. One that stuck with me was episode #9 Reconnecting With Ourselves. We often forget what it was like to be a kid and in this episode the mission is to remind us what it was like and how to back to it.
What was fascinating was the different answers children, and adults gave to the same questions:
- Did you learn anything new today?
- Were you bored today?
- What do you do with your friends?
- What do you like about your friends?
- What do/did you want to be when you grow up?
- What are you afraid of?
- What does it mean to be stressed out?
Some of the answers were very different. The children are eager to answer. They don’t need time to think, they don’t hesitate, they just start rambling on, telling you exactly what they are excited about.
Some of the adults had more somber answers; some had no answers at all. The adults sounded a bit sadder, or maybe it was just the way we lose that innocence and simplistic view of the world that is sad. There just wasn’t the same excitement or eagerness. Some of them had forgotten what it was like to be a kid.
Some of us have forgotten what it was like to be a kid.
I never got to be much of a kid. Between us being poor, moving a lot, and me having to care for my siblings, I grew up way to fast. I never felt very innocent or undoubting. This week I think I will explore the child-like side of myself.
I want to give the little girl in me a little bit more freedom, a little bit more of a say in how we spend our days. The world shouldn’t be bleak and boring. We shouldn’t be so worried and stressed all the time. When you think about the way that kids see and experience the world and the way adults see and experience the would it would seem that being an adult it the lesser of the two.
Oh, we have great things. We have love, we get to make our own families, we get to follow our dreams, but the daily cost is beginning to outweigh the benefits.
But what if we took all those things that make being an adult great and look at the through the eyes of the child inside of each of us. What if we learned all we could from every situation? What if we taught each other and played together? What if had big impossible dreams for the future? What if we colored with crayons and made time for recess? How much more fun might life be then?
So this week, let a child teach you, teach someone else, learn something, do something fun, be messy, dream big and then draw pictures of your dreams with crayons or colored pencils.
This week remember what it was like to be a child and find a way to make that childlike enthusiasm and a part of your adult life.
“Everything seemed possible, when I looked through they eyes of a child.
And every once in a while; I remember,
I still have the chance to be that wild.”
// Nikki Rowe
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Written in response to The Daily Posts Prtompt: Playful