5 Things We Need To Learn From Kids

5 Things We Need To Learn From Kids

Never grow up.
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The older we get the more responsibilities we have, but there are times that it’s okay to embrace our inner child. There are things that children seem to know that we have somehow forgotten, things like being confident, brave and adventurous. They have a simple way of life and we somehow get caught up in a million different things. When you find yourself stuck in what seems like an endless cycle of work, this is the perfect time to take a moment and remember these few things that are second nature to kids:

1. Every day is a new day

Remember when mom or dad would say to us at the end of a bad day that tomorrow is a fresh start? Well, that can still be true. Don’t carry the anger from yesterday into today. When you’re a kid, the end of a school a day is such a relief. It’s the time to have a playdate or go to the playground. It’s final: There is no thinking about going back to school tomorrow. Every new day is a new beginning, another chance to have a great day, to make new friends and form new memories.

2. Friendship doesn’t have to be so difficult

Kids make their best friends in a matter of 5 minutes. It’s simple, easy. As we grow older we assume people don’t want to be our friend, and we compare ourselves to every person out there. We make it so much harder then it has to be. We form cliques and think that if someone is already in one, they aren’t interested in making new friends. There shouldn’t be all these rules to friendship. Let's take it back to when the more new friends you met, the more fun you get to have.

3. Enjoy the little things

My mom has often shared that when my brother was very young and he saw a truck, especially one with a crane, they would have to stop and watch it for what seemed like forever. He could stand there and just be amazed with what it was doing. The other day, I saw a man and a woman blowing huge bubbles using a rope and bucket. I decided to sit and watch as kids ran after them, jumping as high as they could to try and pop them before they were out of reach. It was so simple, yet it brought a smile to my face that lasted the rest of the day.

4. Be creative

Friday nights as a kid included playing with dolls, arts and crafts, making up dances or skits, nature walks etc. Kids find boxes and make them into a spaceship or a top-secret clubhouse. Why can’t we do the same? Find an empty shoebox and make it a time capsule or a memory box, or draw or play with clay just for the fun of it. Get lost in something that brings you joy, something that takes you out of your own head. Who says we have to stop being creative as we grow up?

5. Be in the moment

Stress less and laugh more. Kids have a beautiful way of life: they don’t have a care in the world. They focus completely on what they are doing and don’t think ahead about all the things they have to do in the future. They simply think about what is in front of them. It’s true that as we grow up, we have more and more responsibilities, but we too should be able to take a break and only worry about the thing we are currently doing. Read a book, watch a movie, go to an arcade, bowling, or ice-skating. Do anything that will get you to just be in the here and now.

Remember all the things that brought you so much happiness as a child and bring some of those things back or find something that makes you just as happy. Adults are always teaching kids, constantly telling them what to do. But something to remember is that kids have the biggest life lesson of all to teach; to enjoy every day, to get excited over little things, to laugh, to create and to love.

~Written with love and appreciation for those who will never grow up~

Cover Image Credit: Sarah Richman

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

Cover Image Credit: Megan Beavers Photography

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