While waiting to meet someone outside of a daycare facility this past week, I was amusing myself watching the parents rush in and then return with their offspring. What really struck me was the demeanor of the kids as they left the building. They were oblivious to their tired, rushing, and occasionally reprimanding parents. Each kid had their own rhythm and style of locomotion. Some skipped, some kicked at invisible objects, some danced, and some dragged their toes along the pavement, gleefully scufﬁng their shoes.
What WAS common was that each kid chose their own style, unconcerned about the opinions of others. They were all so “bouncy” and energetic. Not a one walked in a straight line! Most of the kids had a glorious look of anticipation, as if there was another adventure just around the corner, tailor-made just for them.
They were in the moment, totally themselves, unconstrained by time and convention. (Much to the chagrin of many of the parents!)
Where does the kid in us go? Why do we let it slip away?
If you want to be creative, stay in part a child,
with the creativity and invention that characterizes children
before they are deformed by adult society. ~Jean Piaget
Your Call to Action:
How can you be more kid-like this week? What would change if you were less concerned about the opinions of others? What do you need to do to create a feeling of glorious anticipation?