"To make a difference you don’t have to be superhuman, you just need to be brave and courageous for 20 sec. at a time."
Think back to when you were a child?
In elementary school I used to make Creepy Crawlers (the boy version of the Easy Bake Oven...See Image Above) with my cousins in my grandma’s basement. That sentence alone sounds creepy but that’s not my point. When I was in middle school my best friend and I would hit golf balls into the woods behind his house using metal baseball bats to see how far we could hit them. We were really smart kids. In high school as a senior I dressed up every Thursday in a Halloween costume with a small group of friends in what we called “Theme Thursday’s”. Our costumes consisted of Mario and Luigi, skunks, mummies, plumbers, etc. You’re probably wondering by now, where am I going with all this?
I’ve noticed that as I’ve gotten older, I’ve lost some of my enthusiasm towards life. I’m guessing that as you reflect on your childhood, you may be in the same boat. I recently listened to a podcast with Jason Kotecki, author of the book “Adult-itis”. Jason tries to help others rekindle their childlike spirit. I’ll provide some of his suggestions at the end if you feel as though you are suffering from a severe case of adult-itis. He mentions how as adults we’re too afraid to look silly and put too much pressure on outcomes. My favorite line of the podcast was, “to make a difference you don’t have to be superhuman, you just need to be brave and courageous for 20 sec. at a time.” As we grow older we naturally have more responsibilities and often sacrifice our wants and desires to help our children, families, or co-workers. That is awesome and part of maturing as we age, but it doesn’t mean that we have to become bored with all that life has to offer.
Here are some tips to avoid adult-itis….
P.S.- Don’t forget to still pay your mortgage, do laundry, and go to work. You can still have a childlike spirit and "adult" at the same time!