When we're young we are so anxious in becoming an adult. It seems adults get to do what they want, say what they want and just make up their own rules. In order to get there faster we say our ages are 10 and half or 11 but almost 12 until we reach an age where we realize it's more adult to just say the age.
Then we arrive and we realize they were just saying and doing what those before them had set into place. We try to change the world to fit into what we believe is true and right. Each generation building upon the last one. We learn about struggle and work and pain and these seem to get emphasized the older we become.
You may be focused on a career or maybe a life partner showed up on your path and you meet these new beginnings with joy and excitement. You open space for growth in starting families and raising babies of your own.
It seems to be moving along as it should yet you feel an emptiness inside you, a yearning for more but you don't know what that is. You don't wake up excited to get on with your day anymore. You don't call your friends and they don't call you anymore. You move into new choices and environments and you settle into your own personal journey.
It's when you become bogged down with routines and habits that don't serve you that you realize you've steered off your path. Life seems to have eluded you.
Do you remember when you were young and how you would just do things spontaneously, without overthinking? Do you remember when you were young how you had certain routines that had to be adhered to each day? Do you remember how your parents re-minded you to do your chores before and after play? Did you see that word, play?
It doesn't matter how adult you become you still have to make room for the child still within you. That child is the foundation of your creativity. When you were a child and learning you still were given time for play. It's what made being a child so delightful for you.
Yes, habits can serve us and some things just need to be done daily. But you have to make room for some playtime. What would make you happy? What could you do today that would make your heart leap a beat in the excitement of it? What did you like to do as a child that you could do again today?
Let your inner child come out and play. Don't lock her or him up just because you became an adult. The joy of being an adult is now you get to play in lots of different roles. You change your energy each time you're with another person. Make that playful. Make that the foundation of your joy.
May this day serve you well. There is no other time.
Love and blessings, Dallas