Learning To Play Like A Child Again
Growing further into my late twenties, I have the same thought at least once a day, “Is the world getting worse or am I just older and more aware of it all?”. Even after the extensive discussions I’ve had on this very topic with so many of my friends and family, I still don’t know where I stand on the debate. But, I do know where I stand on the idea of being a kid again: #goals. My reason for loving the idea of being a kid again can be summed up in one small phrase:
Ignorance is Bliss
The worries that most children have are so minor that they can either be fixed in minutes or forgotten about with the promise of a trip to get (insert favourite sweets here). And while the adults are off making a living, sweating over taxes and bills, discussing current political and world events, and making plans with extended family, what are the kids doing? They’re playing, imagining, creating and getting lost into a world of their very own with little to no care about the bigger issues that they have no control over.
A Nanny Is Forever A Child
I’m a big believer in play time, even now! I’ve been nanny to a little boy, now nearing 4 years old, since he was 9 months! And in that time, I’ve watched him achieve so many growth and developmental milestones, all while so many victories and tragedies occur in the world around us. All that’s on his mind is, “What does this do? How do I say this? Look, I learned this!”. The only thing he worries about is feeling good and being happy.
He, like every child, is crazy. Really. Kids are nuts. Also like other kids, he has his favourite shows and characters like Elmo, Buzz and Woody, and the Ghostbusters television cartoon show. Thinking back, we all had our favourite shows growing up. But more than watching the shows, he loves pretending them. He gets more enjoyment out of grabbing the nearest object and pretending it’s a proton blaster to fight the ghosts. The laughs that come out of his big-little mouth are constant as we crawl around the house and run through the halls away from the “monsters”. Most of the time, I forget that I’m his nanny getting paid to watch him because all I can think about is how much fun we’re having together and what a freaking sweetie he is!
Who Knows Better Than A Child?
This got me thinking. Other than spending time with my boyfriend and watching really badly made movies, sitting on the couch with my mom and talking nonsense through our shrieking and wheezing laughter, my time with Parker is one of the few times when my mind is clear of worry and chaos of the world. Yes, I’m looking after him and making sure that he’s well loved and taken care of. Of course, it’s not all sunshine and roses during the rare tantrum, knee scrape, cold and flu or misbehaving. Do I do my job? Yes. But, Parker is so much more than that. In what’s inevitably a cheesy sentence: He’s my friend.
He doesn’t know that hanging out, playing with toys, pretending to be Ghostbusters and making up our own funny sounds and games is not only a fun time for him but for me, as well. He’s constantly moving from one game or activity to another with a go-go-go attitude. It keeps me on my toes and it keeps me moving. Thanks for the exercise, pal!
Thanks, buddy, for taking my mind off the tough stuff, being incredibly goofy and for showing me how to have fun again.
And for those of you who don’t have a Parker of your own in your life, I’ve got a few suggestions for you. First, find a friend (new or old) to play with. Yes, play with. We’re going back to the good old days. This friend has got to be up for some silly time to forget the world for a while. And with that friend, here are some fun things you can do together!
10 Ways to Feel Like a Kid Again!
- Build a fort!
- Play Hide and Seek!
- Play a bunch of board games!
- Make up a funny song!
- Create your own dance!
- Make up a new handshake!
- Buy a sticker book and make up your own stories!
- Play with Play Dough!
- Color in coloring books!
- Make up a game of your own inspired by games like tag, hide and seek, whatever you like!
Am I saying to abandon the world around you and revert back to a childlike mind permanently? Heck no! But, it doesn’t hurt to slip away for a moment to have fun and put your mind at ease when things get too tense or too scary. Have a bit of fun. Be silly. Act like a goofball. Who cares!
As we get older, we learn so much. But, the ones who teach us the most are our kids.