Even with laughter lines and fine wrinkles, there are some people who keep the essence of childhood intact in them and believe me, we all grow old and get wrinkles. Some grow old mentally, calling it maturity while there are others who draw the line and sincerely keep switching back and forth.
Although, we get one day (14th November) when unabashedly we embrace childhood memories, update status, and photos and accept all kinds of nonsensical actions to portray the child in us.
But do we seriously need only one day (that’s it) to imbibe the traits of our early existence that holds the closest in our memory box? If the childhood was the best part of our lives, then what went missing now?
Here are the 10 heartiest traits that we all need to inculcate in us to feel like a child again (read: NOT childish):
Be HAPPY: While the definition of this most-used word may differ from person to person in today’s world; but for kids, it remains to the simple things of life; the little things of life. Happiness is just about being.
If you find happiness in singing out loud, then do it! If happiness is eating the biggest piece of cake, then do it! If happiness is collecting candy wrappers, then do it! If happiness is kissing your mother even if she is working, then do it!
Don’t keep on looking for happiness, create it.
Take time out- Breathe: We are so caught up in everyone else’s affairs that we have completely forgotten to take time for us. Are you working your mind out in your 9-5 (which gets extended to 9-8) job? Take the time out on the weekends for you, your family and your loved ones. Sometimes, money isn’t always the key to happiness (if one wants to argue).
Take out the colours from the desk again and paint; dust off the shoes and go running or dancing; sit in a café, sip some coffee and read the book that you had always wanted to do but didn’t get TIME; watch old movies, read Tinkle, Cinderella, Superman comics or anything that was your favourite many years back. Breathe!
Express Yourself: Do NOT copy, do NOT compare. Be you and be comfortable in who you are. Remember, life is short and you can choose to live it how you want it to be. Either you mute yourself just so that you can fit in, or you express ungrudgingly and impress maybe not everyone around but definitely yourself!
Kids are kids. They only stop being themselves when they start seeing them through others’ eyes.
Think out of the Box: Set your mind and not the computer to work. There is immense creativity in each one of us which is slowly saturating in this technological era so don’t turn off the free-flowing tap of creative ideas. Go ahead and check the old boxes of your childhood stuff that are kept in the closet and you will know what I am talking about.
Think. Create. Stop doubting yourself.
Sharing– Do you remember the advertisement of Kissan Jam that showed the most important virtue in a simplistic way- sharing? With the growing age, we have become selfish, self-centered and egotistical (yes, it is a hard truth). We even feel burdened sharing a Smile, let aside the other things.
Share ideas, joy, jokes, TIME, food, interests, dreams, music, sorrows and more. This trait will be better understood by those who had siblings to share the room and study table with or have shared more than just books and clothes while living in a hostel.
Try Once: What happened to that dream of you wanting to take a solo trip across the state; acting in theater plays; bungee jumping; learning new forms of art; taking that car once again on the road after you hit the pole while reversing years back? The inquisitive, restless mind of a child doesn’t think of the results but believe in doing, even if he meets failure.
Got a dream? Live it.
Appreciate Little Things in Life: Ever saw the joy on a child’s face when he receives a new thing? Brewing with bubbling energy, the young minds want to explore the world, even if it suffices to a room of the house. How you define the little things of your life will bring to you immense pleasure and the purest joy.
Educate Yourself: Ask more. Know more. Learn more. Grow the vistas of your knowledge and you will realize how little you know from the entire information there is present in the world. Read good books, meet new people, share ideas & experiences, spend time with people who know stuff, learn to listen, accept failure when it comes, grow with the mind, and accept others’ suggestions.
There is so much to see, so much to do with so little time.
Gratitude, Empathy & Love: One of the most important things that most of us forget, neglect or procrastinate to do is show gratitude, empathy, and love. Since an early age, if the kids are taught to say ‘Thank You’ to anyone who gives him a toffee, then why as an adult do we rarely use that word for people who have done the biggest deeds for us?
Why there are so many videos on the internet from across the world showing kids displaying love towards each other, empathy for all kinds of people (handicapped, challenged, disfigured or obese etc.), even animals and so fewer videos comparatively with adults in them?
When the Power of Love overcomes the Love for Power, the world will know Peace.
LIVE: The simplest mantra that should be at the number 1 position of ‘How to Live a Life’ is the four letter word: L-I-V-E. Each day, each moment, bring life in them that will add years to your life.
Life is one big road with lots of signs. So, when you are riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief, and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts; put your vision to reality. Wake up and Live!
While those who understood the true meaning of these traits are joyfully living their life; while those who still have doubts, get surrounded by kids and you will know what is missing in you.
Don’t let the child in you ever die!