Life Workbook excerpts

Be a kid.

As you get older, you will likely forget how to do this.  Maybe forget is the wrong word.  If you try, you can remember.  It just gets buried there beneath all the worries, responsibilities, and time constraints of adult life. 

As a kid, you had an incredible imagination.  You could go anywhere and be anything.  Everything you did was a new experience – fresh and full of wonder.  A snow day was a welcome vacation from school and a truly magical, special treat.  I used to not be able to sleep after Mom watched the weather and said it might snow that night.  Such nervous excitement, hoping that the world would be white tomorrow morning and school would be cancelled.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked school, but there was something great about getting an unexpected day off from it – to build forts and snowmen, and throw snowballs.  I know I wasn’t alone in this – all the other kids felt the same way.  And kids today still do.  As an adult, a snow day means slick roads and slow traffic, and usually produces groans.  Next time it snows, I challenge you to go outside, look up into the sky, let the flakes float around you, and just breathe in some cold air.  Maybe even catch a couple on your tongue.  It’ll make you smile. 

But you don’t have to wait for a cold day to find  some wonder in your world.  Have you ever watched ants?  Or a spider?  Probably not.  They are fascinating little creatures.  The way they use their front legs – ants to carry things and clean their antennaes, spiders building webs and to communicate with each other.  Such small creatures, yet so intricately designed.  Before you step on that spider, think again and see what you can learn from him.  Maybe you’ll be kinder.

Homework!  :)

1.  Think about things you loved as a kid.  How can you incorporate them into your life now? 

      Here are some of my favorite “kid” things to get you started (and yes this will probably give away my age!):

  • Animals – horses, puppies, unicorns, dinosaurs, dolphins, kittens
  • Toys – bicycles, Big Wheels, My Little Ponies, GI Joe, Star Wars, Barbie, Sit’n’Spin, Rubick’s cube, Wonder Horse, stuffed animals, sticker books
  • TV shows/cartoons – Transformers, Shirt Tales, Voltron, He-Man, She-Ra, Bugs Bunny & Friends, Mickey Mouse, Land of the Lost, Dukes of Hazzard, The Incredible Hulk
  • Movies – The Wizard of Oz, Snow White, The Princess Bride, Adventures in Babysitting, Cocktail, Top Gun
  • Books/Stories – Where the Wild Things Are, Serendipity, Judy Blume, Charlotte’s Web, Old Yeller, Dr. Seuss
  • Candy/Gum:  Lick-em-sticks, Blackjack gum, Watermelon Bubbalicious, Grape Bubble Yum, Nerds
  • Games/Adventures: Playing in “the woods,” Going to “the lake,” Playing Star Wars, Freeze Tag, Jungle Girls, GI Joe, Fire Lake and the Invisible Man
  • Pets: dogs, cats, turtles, fish, guinea pigs, hamsters, goats, birds

2.  Who was your hero as a kid?

3.  What did you want to be when you grew up?

4.  Who were your childhood friends? What were they like?

5.  How many windows were in your childhood home?  What else can you remember about the house?  Draw a map of your home, yard, and neighborhood.

6.  Write a letter from your current self to yourself as a kid.

7.  Write a letter from you as an 8 year old kid to your current self.  What do you as an 8 yr old think about where you are now?

8.  Practice using your imagination.  Let yourself daydream for 10 minutes and see what magical creature you can come up with.  Capture it somehow – paint, draw, color, write, tell a story – however you would’ve shared it with someone else when you were a kid.

Relavant Quotes

George Bernard Shaw:

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass:

The Queen: “It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backward.”

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

 

 

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