Growing older is one thing, it’s caused by the natural passage of time that we unfortunately cannot control yet, but growing up is mostly a state of mind, one that we’re better off without. Peter Pan had the right idea, but we still haven’t found the Neverland we so passionately imagine every time his name is mentioned, nor have we discovered the happy thought that gives us wings.
Or have we? The limitless imagination of our minds should never lose the childlike qualities that let us stay young at heart. Here are several tips on how you can awake and cherish your inner child and enjoy life on a whole new level!
It’s natural for a child to explore new ways of having fun. Board games are a good way to start small, but getting completely into the role of a child unburdened with social norms takes imagination.
Go nuts, get loud, dance and jump around. That is exactly what kids do! They turn an ordinary walk in the park into a space mission to conquer new worlds; they rarely wonder what others will think; and they simply let their imagination run wild. Jumping, playing with your pet, or making silly noises and goofy dancing around the house will restore your sense of being as carefree as a child.
Arts and Crafts
Most of our activities serve as exercise or relaxation. We rarely go for a random paintball session if it’s not someone’s birthday, and even then, there’s a distinctly grownup tendency to prefer serious dinners instead of an exciting outing.
Awaken your inner kid by getting messy. Go to a store, get painting essentials like pencils, water colors, crayons, plenty of paper and turn your room into a kindergarten chaos! You’re bold enough to go pro? Get glue, colorful paper, scissors, glossy pens, whatever comes to mind, and turn it into a project. Puzzles with funny images of cartoon characters with hundreds of pieces, coloring books, you name it. Just go with what makes you smile, or better yet, what makes you laugh out loud.
Not many of us can say that we are in top-notch shape to run and play football for hours, but that’s no excuse to do nothing. If you are just getting to know your inner child and haven’t got that much energy to spend on traditional bike-riding, why not find a solution that will benefit you both mentally and physically?
Using electric bikes as alternatives to traditional ones can ensure that you get your daily dose of fun even when you don’t have that much energy to spare. Tempting as it is to go straight for that super cool mountain bike, it might not be such a good idea at the very beginning. So take your time, let your enthusiasm grow stronger and have fun! The important thing is to do something that will boost your positivity and revive that genuine childlike feeling of freedom.
Read, Write, Question
The media is so filled with negativity and frustration that it’s impossible not to look forward to the comic section. That’s why reading stories, fairy tales, or books with refreshing outlooks on life will make for an excellent addition to your daily routine. Then again, taking a few minutes at the end of each day to write down your thoughts, aspirations and dreams is a healing tool that will help you reflect on your life, your future and it will inspire gratitude for everything you’ve been given and you’ve accomplished thus far.
Another incredible quality we tend to neglect over time is questioning everything. How do astronauts pee in space? Why do great white sharks have several rows of teeth? Why do we have five fingers? Why do we have different blood types? How do we forget things? The list goes on forever. Curiosity is one of the most precious traits we should nurture for as long as we live.
Although different things excite us at different stages of our lives, there are universal moments of joy that never fade. Going to an amusement park, aqua park or a dog show, these are just a few examples. Carrousel rides, petting dolphins and eating a dangerous amount of cotton candy are all activities no one can outgrow. Maybe you can think of more exciting ideas that will make your heart race.
That’s the kind of genuine happiness, appreciation for life and true adventure spirit we need to nurture to always stay young at heart and find joy even in the simplest of moments. On that note, Disneyland, anyone?
Zara Lewis (Twitter: @ZaraELewis) is a mom, designer and a regular contributor to highstylife.com , devoted to implementing healthy life habits in every aspect of life of her family and friends. She seeks for beauty in everything that surrounds her. Will start a blog about it once. Until then writes her diary occasionally. Romantic soul and tech geek in one body. She enjoys hiking, cycling, yoga and cooking.