Act Like an Adult, Think Like a Kid
Have you ever watched toddlers or small children? They amble around using whatever bigger person is there for them to climb up on or level themselves. They pay no attention to who it is. They don’t worry about digging into the person’s leg or stepping on their foot while trying to accomplish what they want. There is a lack of observation for their surroundings, but their focus is on getting to, playing with or experiencing something new. Children have no inhibition.
As we age we lose our innocence. We become more aware of ourselves. Although children express themselves by crying when in need or pouting when they’re angry, they aren’t always aware of these emotions. As we become adults our emotions become stronger and create inhibition for us. Our consciousness of the opinions of others makes us reserved. We spend more time puzzling over what impression we give off as opposed to fulfilling our needs.
When you center your life around appeasing others you lose who you are at core and miss the truth of what you are meant to bring into the world.
Adults are expected to act maturely, but there are elements of childlike behavior that adults can learn from. Most adults need to lighten up. We take ourselves too seriously and create personal frustration with what we can’t get done. If a child can’t figure something out they will use it for a completely different purpose than what it’s intended for. As adults we keep bumping our heads on the same ceilings of limitation rather that finding a new way to do a thing. Children are always climbing up on something or trying to get to something out of their reach. As adults we often stop climbing and settle for what is available to us already. Children paint a picture as they see it, no matter how much or how little it looks like what they are depicting. They are able to define what the picture is. To them it is what they say it is. As adults we often see things only in the way that is dictated to us by trends and society. Children have to be taught to play nicely with others but they eventually learn to share so both children can be satisfied. As adults we envy what others have and become resentful of our lives in comparison to others who we think are more accomplished.
Try picking up on some of these cues from kids.
- Learn to be more flexible in achieving your goals.
- Don’t stop exploring for something new.
- Find a way to climb higher.
- Define your own image of your life.
- Stop worrying about who’s looking at you and how you look to them.
- Share with others to get more out of life.
Try living with the maturity and sensibility of an adult, but don’t become so caught up in your own world that you lose the simplicity of life. Everything isn’t as complicated as we make it. Remember, you can be a big kid too!
RICHARD ELLIOTT is a NYC based writer who endeavors to involve himself in programming & activities which improve the quality of life for all. Follow Richard on Twitter: @mohguhl | Facebook: /TheMOHGUHL | YouTube: mohguhlvideo