There’s a part within each of us that desires to paint the walls, play outside all day without repercussion, and laugh continuously without reminder of tomorrow’s duties.
It’s the child in us that still dreams, believes, and ignites our creativity. That child is telling us something. Do you remember your hobbies? Did you draw, write, play sports, dance, bake, or toy with blocks, dolls, or Legos? Your childhood endeavors told you what you liked about yourself and others, what you enjoyed doing, and how happily you perceived life when doing those things.
To rejoice in your true passions and regain a sense of self, create room for the 5 year old in you to return.
Listen to nostalgic music, play that instrument from 3rd grade, watch childhood TV shows, or simply revisit your past neighborhood. Partake in your childhood hobbies, a safe space free of worry, regret, and embedded in true joy and excitement. Pick up your favorite pen or paintbrush, and fulfill your creative drive.
When I was younger, I had (and still have) journals of articles and handmade magazines. My brother grew up with a love for building and creating films with action figures and video game characters. Although the reality of adulthood has hit both of us – a reality of responsibility, hardship, and a world hungry for money – there is still a deep urge for me, the writer, to thrive, and my brother, a film maker and video game creative that seeks to escape this world, to fulfill that urge of returning to our best, most truest selves, the child within.
I encourage you all to find and relive that 5 year old within you, the one who would ask you ”. “If you couldn’t fail, what would you do?
Remember, your joys, hobbies, perceptions, and dreams are trying to tell you something, but it is up to you to listen and respond, so you can continue the dream your inner child wanted you to live so badly.