Time to get back to your roots! I am not talking about ancestry dot com but about your inner kid roots. I remember as a child just waiting for the rain storms to come so that I could go run around in the puddles getting wet and just having a good old time. Now, I check weather.com like it is my job to make sure I have the right clothes or an umbrella just in case. Recently as we walked out of a store a torrential downpour started out of nowhere like it only does in Florida. We didn’t have our umbrella with us so we waited at the door for the rain to hopefully ease up. A family was standing next to us and I heard the parents complain about the rain. Their child of about 6 or 7 suddenly jumped out under the rain and started skipping and dancing. The parents were not pleased.
What a difference in attitude and view. What the parents saw as a hindrance the child saw as another opportunity to have fun and enjoy the rain. We need to connect with our inner child, even if just for an hour or two every day. Finding joy in non-adult activities keeps us fresh to tackle the responsibilities that we all get complete on a daily basis.
Recently, after months of contemplation, I bought a skateboard. Kat had managed to scare me out of doing so for a time before I finally just went for it. The reason why she thought me having a skateboard was a bad idea was because I wanted it so that our Rhodesian Ridgebacks could pull me as if we were a dog sled team in the Iditarod. Now you understand her trepidation.
Let’s just say it was probably one of the greatest purchases of my life. Our dogs love to run and get very excited the moment I walk even near the skateboard. Now, I have indeed seen my life flash before my eyes a few times as Miko spots a squirrel crossing the street but the exhilaration alone would be worth the spill.
Be a kid again. Let yourself have fun, stay fresh and ready for the challenges that we will all face as adults. Whether it is running in the rain or riding a skateboard make sure you disconnect from the adult life every day. You owe it to yourself.
No Retreat, No Surrender