This week, I want to stress the importance for adults to be connected to their inner child.
Yes, it is my belief that in every adult person, there is a child looking to break out and have some fun.
When we become adults, many times we are forced to put our childhood lives behind us and to take a hold of our destiny by entering the everyday world.
However, it is my opinion that everyone deserves an escape from everyday responsibilities, and a chance to do some of the things they found to be fun as a child. A lot of the jobs/careers people take on leave them with a certain amount of stress. However, there are so many other stressors in our lives as well, including financial, family and health worries. Just giving ourselves an excuse or permission to do something fun and temporarily embracing the inner child inside of us, even if it is only for one day, can help to relieve some of the stress we have built up over time.
As well, I have found one of the best way to make friends, as well as lasting memories with those friends, is to be doing something fun with them. Some of my better memories are of playing in a make belief world with my elementary school friends, breaking loose after a long day at a costume party in college or spending time at fun events with friends after work.
According to multiple studies, imagination helps improve creativity, which I see as a very important skill to have.
A cliché I have heard a lot is that, life is short and we must live it to the fullest. In my opinion, there is no way people can live their lives to the fullest without doing things they have always enjoyed, and being a bit carefree like when they were a child.
But, like as a child, there must be guidelines or boundaries that we adhere to, which keep us safe. These were implemented by those governing us until we could learn to govern ourselves in a healthy way. So our chosen form of fantasy play, or manner in which we play, must not be without it's consideration for the safety of our selves, our environment and others in the society in which we live. This is as close, to the type of fun we had as a child, as we can get in adult form.
That having been stated, many of us likely remember a time when what was most important to us was having fun with friends and just generally enjoying life. I think we all have to remember that those times don’t need to go away forever, they’re just approached in more conscious ways as adults.
Let me finish this column with a quote from Greek philosopher Heraclitus. “Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.”