Are You Having Fun?
With spring in the air it reminds me of when I was as kid and knew how to have fun without money or needing something to excite my imagination. It’s been a long time but I can still remember as if it were yesterday, when my parents would tell my sister and myself we were going to Disneyland. My eyes would light up and my imagination would start running away thinking about Mickey, Minnie, the parades and all the wonderful rides.
I would imagine gathering E-Tickets so I could ride the Matterhorn over and over and over again. I would start day dreaming about a big cold scoop of Dole Whip probably one of the best deserts I’ve ever had and can only be purchased at Disneyland. That was the most exciting adventure. I miss that child and I miss my adventures. I’ll bet a dollar to a donut there is a child inside of you just waiting to come out. If you were to release that child what would he or she do?
We can all conjure up whimsical care free childhood memories. You know the ones; where it was just about having fun and nothing more. These are the memories and skills we can draw upon to bring about greater contentment and peace as an adult. You must go back to using your imagination, giggling so hard you forgot what’s funny, getting silly at times, and remembering just being a kid. This doesn’t mean you should rush off to the office and do the monkey-dance on your desk. You still have to appear as an adult; you must maintain decorum. However, you should weave the kid back into your life whenever possible.
Surprisingly to some, remembering childhood simple joy and innocence is one of the best ways to get started on the way to a happy and balanced life. Do you remember when life involved less necessity and responsibility?
When you are a child, you are in a totally different mental stage; you are more innocent, concerned with fun, always coming up with something curious or interesting. This is the natural way of things.
Happiness – it’s the ultimate goal. I’m going to challenge you with a couple of questions, ask yourself, “When am I content?” “When and am I happy? “What makes me laugh?” “What make me giggle?”
Consider these six fun exercises to help you develop your imagination.
1. Purchase a beautiful kite – take it for a spin at your local beach or park. Imagine soaring with the kite and going too far way places.
2. Head to a local park or school yard and swing on the swings, slide down the slide, play in the sandbox.
3. Go to the beach a build a beautiful sandcastle and imagine it your new home.
4. Spend a couple of hours at a fun zone or even Disneyland and just watch how much the children are enjoying themselves.
5. Pretend you are a secret super hero whose work saves the world.
6. Be like a 2 year old and ask as many questions as possible about anything and everything.
Let your imagination be your entertainment guide and stress management tool.
When you were a child I’m sure your parents said grow-up! I’m suggesting for a few minutes every day you “grow-down” and go back to allow your playful child to come out and have some fun.
Bringing childhood fun and imagination back into your life may take a little practice, but the benefits can be great. Once you’ve successfully integrated these techniques in your daily life, you may also discover additional, unintended benefits, aside from those relating to entertainment. You may find yourself feeling more carefree and better able to handle life’s stressors. You may also find more inner peace or more in-tune awareness and empathy for others.
If a happy and balanced life is your goal, give this a shot for a week or two. You may be surprised at the effects of tapping back into the child you’ve locked away for so long. Good luck, and have fun.
Please share your childhood experiences below!