How many times have you heard someone say “School is the best time of your life”? I bet when you were at school, someone said it to you and you thought, “Yeah right!” Now you may be the one saying it; or wistfully dreaming about the days when the only thing you had to do was your homework.
Another comment I hear a lot from adults when watching children play is ”They have so much energy!” I have been guilty of saying this myself on more than one occasion.
Why do kids have more fun and more energy than adults? Is it because they don’t have the responsibilities that grown-ups do? Sometimes we get so bogged down in the daily grind and the seriousness of life that we actually forget to have fun.
We teach our kids lessons on a daily basis. What we don’t realise is they can teach us some valuable lessons too. Kids have the most incredible imaginations. Whether its fairy princesses, dungeons and dragons or playing doctors and nurses; what your child imagines is not important. It’s the fact that they have the ability to transform themselves to another time and place… the ability to DREAM… to make BELIEVE… and to PLAY that really matters.
Kids also have the amazing ability to be totally 100% present. They are not stuck in the past, going over old thoughts, feeling and actions; replaying the same old movies in their mind. Nor do they worry about the future, stressing and wasting energy on the ‘what if’s’ of life, most of which never eventuate.
A couple of weeks ago, the team at eQ were fortunate to spend some time getting in touch with our inner child. We went trampolining at Flip Out and had an absolute ball! We jumped and bounced all over the place, played silly games and giggled as we fell over.
When I was jumping on the trampoline I was 100% in the present moment – I didn’t have a care in the world. The feeling of weightlessness was exhilarating. Unsurprisingly, not one thought of what to cook for dinner or what had happened the day before crossed my mind.
When it was time to go, I was having so much fun I didn’t want to stop! I walked out of there smiling from ear to ear. Even now as I write this, the memory brings a smile to my face. I am so grateful for the opportunity and even more grateful for the reminder to get in touch with my inner child.
Isn’t it time you got in touch with your inner child?