I have a friend who everyone seems to love. She is of a mature age (trying to be polite here) and lives life in a responsible way. What makes her stand out, though is her penchant for wearing pink, sparkly high top sneakers. Everywhere. Even business meetings and church. She says they make her happy and remind her to sparkle. I’ve noticed that they also make the people around her smile.
My friend has tapped into her playful inner child.
I want what she has. She seems to feel lighter and happier than the rest of us. More care free. And, her sparkliness invites adventure, fun, and friendships into her life.
It’s easy to forget what it feels like to play. As an adult you have responsibilities and expectations to live up to. You are probably so busy doing what you think you have to do that you don’t even remember you have all that joy within. But, don’t worry. You inner child will never give up on you.
You can reconnect with her again through:
Playful Action: When you move like or emulate the posture of a happy child, the happiness will follow. Don’t ask me how it works. It just does. Try it. Walk around like a cute little kid looking for fun. You might be surprised how good it feels. Other ways to tap into this playfulness include:
- Jumping up and down or even better, jumping in puddles or piles of leaves
- Riding something with wheels – a bike, skateboard, or even a shopping cart will do
- Skipping or twirling
- Singing in the shower, or really anywhere
- Dancing like no one is watching
- Swinging on the swings at the park
- Doing anything you loved to do when you were little
Playful Attitude: Kids believe in their own super powers and have high expectations for fun and adventure. You can bring some of that attitude into your daily life by:
- Spending time with what makes you giggle and laugh
- Reading Dr. Seuss or other favorite children’s books
- Letting the housework slide to go have fun
- Enjoying the process of doing things without any concern for the outcome
- Seeing the world as a friendly place full of fun and adventure
- Doing something impulsive
- Skipping fear and going outside your comfort zone
Playful Expression: Can you remember being lost in creating something, like finger painting and just enjoying the process without any expectations? It’s time to bring out that care free creation again by:
- Wearing something fun – what is your equivalent of pink, sparkly, high top sneakers?
- Playing with little kids, or puppies, or kittens
- Coloring in coloring books or being expressive on blank sheets of paper
- Making play dates with your inner child, let her choose what you do
- Inviting other people and their inner children to join you
- Participating in a fun event
- Singing silly childhood songs
- Creating anything artistic with no expectations
Reconnecting with your child self will lighten your world and improve your energy so that adult life doesn’t seem that hard. Don’t let this playful, care free part of yourself stay hidden. Bring her out to play!
Don’t forget to leave a comment. What does your inner child want to say?
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