Do you feel a deep yearning for love and harmony in our world today? Even within yourself? Are you searching for clarity and direction? I think more and more people are opening up and ready to align with their true purpose and love themselves and their life on a new level. Really, finding peace and love within ourselves will also bring the same to the rest of the planet. It’s all about the energy we put out there. And if we feel lost and overwhelmed, that’s what we are contributing to the energy of the all. It would be pretty magical if we could all find our own happiness, and make the world a little lighter and more joyful.
Where do you even begin when it comes to seeking more self-love and true joy in your life? While there are many ways, you might try just honoring your inner child. Remembering who you were and what you loved before the world told you who they expected you to be. Start by bringing back that kid and finding what lit you up back then.
I remember that I loved roller skating so much! It was an amazing escape sometimes, and brought me so much joy. Mom would drop us off at the roller rink nearby on Saturday mornings where we would spend much of the morning zooming around with our friends. It felt like freedom to me. It was so exhilarating! So what did I do last year for my birthday? I had a roller skating party of course. No, not what most 49-year-olds do, but I wanted to feel that joy again! And you know what? I totally did! It was so much fun that I wished I had the roller rink for another few hours. It brought back that childhood joy, and it was amazing!
What Makes the Kid in You Happy?
What childhood joy can you bring back into your life? How can you help yourself to remember what you loved, or even longed to do? And then go do it! Do you want to go swing on the swings? Play at a water park? Ride a scooter? Color in a coloring book? Go for it – it’s not just for kids you know. Find that joy – laugh – and be playful. We become so stuck in our routines and our ‘should do’ things, and so worried about what everyone thinks. Screw that – we should all be a kid sometimes. It’s time to play. Once you remember what real joy feels like, you will recognize it again. It will make you want more for sure!
And don’t do these things while you are watching a/your child either. While you can have fun with kids, you will still have to be the adult, so it’s not as easy to let your inner child out sometimes. If you can still do it, great, but you may want to have a bit of fun by yourself or with other adults interested in being a kid again for a bit. You’d be surprised how many people do want this. I was delightfully shocked when a creative friend asked me the other day to come over to her house and paint, even though neither of us had any real experience painting. I couldn’t contain my excitement! I let my inner child come out to play and painted a canvas full of hearts, stars and butterflies. I absolutely loved it!
Silly or Serious, it Still Works
While some of you may think this all sounds a little silly, you certainly don’t have to be silly if you don’t want to. I have to admit that another one of my happy escapes when I was a kid was going for bike rides on the bike trail. The pretty scenery and quiet was just magical to me. I often load my bike up into the car these days and drive myself to a nearby trail where I can do just the same – enjoy lovely scenery and a peaceful ride. It feels so uplifting!
This may sound a bit basic, and you might be wondering how you will really make big changes in life while you are so busy playing? It’s the first step. Allowing yourself to find your joy – to get back to who you really are – and finding those core values from when you were a kid. It’s really the start of the pathway back to yourself.
Life Chips Away at Our Joy
I think we lose our way because we lose track of who we are. We are harassed or mistreated sometimes, we are told who we need to be and how we should act, and even what our life should look like. We have values and beliefs instilled in us by well-meaning adults that don’t really resonate with who we are. We worry about finances, relationships, and our career. There is so much stuff – so many layers on us that we need to peel off. If we can find our way back to who we were to begin with, we can start to peel away those layers. They will become more obvious to us as we find this clarity.
Find Your Joy
Because really, life is about finding our joy. It’s about living a life of love and fulfillment. It’s about that pure, sweet, happy kid we once were. And we certainly came to this planet with everything we needed to have that awesome life. We just need to find our way back to that kid, and then we can see more clearly.
So just for now, find your inner child. Give your inner child some major love and a chance to play with freedom and joy. Don’t hold back. Because once you find that, you can apply it to all the other areas of your life. Knowing who you are and what makes you happy is the first step. I send you great love on your journey – and a big box of crayons.
A book related to this topic you might find interesting is Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein
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