Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Child Within

Have you ever had the urge to do something that society says you shouldn't because it would make you immature? Laugh at a joke that shouldn't be funny? Snuggle with a stuffed animal? Watch Saturday morning cartoons?

No matter how old we get every one of us has a child inside that will never really grow up. We long for the fun carefree lifestyle we lived has children. We still want to wish upon a star and have believe all our dreams will come true. Yet we tend to take this child and stuff them into a corner. We tell them they have no right to be silly, and that they need to grow up and forget about the childish nonsense of dreams and wishes. We are too afraid that someone will see our goofiness and judge us. We don't want to be looked down upon for the way we are acting. I wonder though, if they would really look down on us or if they would be more inclined to join us? 

I recently came across a photo of my friends and I on spring break a few years ago. We went to San Diego to soak up the sun and get away from the stresses of college life. One of places we went during the trip was Legoland. A theme park designed mostly for younger children. We didn't care. We had so much fun that day! We even rode a little roller coaster, laughing and screaming as if we were at Six Flags. I recall the ride attendant smiling and commenting on how much fun we were having. We then asked him to take our picture, because we didn't want to forget that moment.

Take a minute today to celebrating this child within. I believe that you are never too old to be goofy. Life would be so boring if we never took the time to be silly and do something maturity says we shouldn't.Sure, people might judge you; they may even call you immature, but do you really need their approval? Don't worry about other people and do this for you. Go cuddle with a teddy bear and watch some cartoons. Go jump on the trampoline with your kids, run through the sprinklers, or even have a pillow fight. You know you want to!