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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1. "Can I wear your shirt out tonight?"

2. "Does my hair look greasy?"

3. "We should probably clean tomorrow..."

4. "What should I caption this??"

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6. "Should we order pizza?"

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19. "That guy is so stupid."

20. "Do I look fat in this?"

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36."Can I borrow a pencil?"

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some Thoughts from an angsty College freshman On a Walk in a time of turmoil

What is this life thing, anyway?

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My first year of college was a challenging one, both academically and emotionally. I loved it, don't misread me, but it was difficult. I learned a lot about the world, about culture, about love, about other people, and of course, about myself.

I remember one evening in late April, walking back to my dorm from the gym, admiring a gorgeous sunset. The weather was warm, and the orange light of the 6:00 PM sun projected majestically against the stone walls of Hughes Hall. I was deep in thought, and probably listening to some fake-deep music that matched and encouraged my already angsty mood. It was a mood I'd experienced before--it was one that stemmed from heartbreak.

I walked, my body exhausted, my spirit already fractured. Despite my downtrodden mood, I couldn't help but admire the beauty of the scene around me, which contrasted so heavily with the dark, viscous ooze of pain and unhappiness that seeped ever so slowly through my soul. How can there be so much beauty, both man-made and natural, in this world, but so much illness and pain and unhappiness, too?

I gazed past the gates of my prosperous, somewhat pretentious University, to see people struggling, begging for a meal or for money to afford a place to stay the night.

"Why does everything need to be so complex?" I remember inquiring to myself. Why can't we all just coexist and be happy? When did we have to implement all of these rules? Borders are a manmade concept. So is currency, and with it wealth and poverty. We're all human. No human is more important than other humans. This should be simple, right? Everyone should be able to eat. And have access to water, and healthcare, and education, and the other human rights and necessities that they're entitled to.

Don't the innocent deserve to be happy? And I suppose one can argue that everyone can be happy the way things are if they work hard, or whatever. But how can everyone be happy when only a few have access to the tools that make happiness achievable? And I know money doesn't buy happiness. But I'm not even talking about riches for everyone. All I'm saying is that innocent people do not deserve a life of desperation, of hunger and thirst, of poor health, of homelessness.

I would get over my heartbreak, and return to my ordinary, privileged life soon enough. I had a roof over my head, food in my stomach, a wardrobe that was deeper than necessary, all the technology I needed to be successful, and everything else I would ever need. I had the best friends I could ever ask for. I didn't need anything else.

But I still ached for the people who lack those things. The people who try and try to better themselves and their situations, but are stuck. It should be simple. Laws are manmade. They're not the same as morals. Crossing an invisible, imaginary line isn't immoral.

Everyone has only one life. No one can change that. So let everyone enjoy their life. And let yourself enjoy yours. It's simple, really.

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