When we were children, we led a slower-paced life enjoying things as they came and found entertainment with ease. We enjoyed the breeze in our hair and dirt caked onto our hands from making mud pies on the hot summer days. Popsicle drips, chalk murals, and treehouse club meetings were all that filled our childhood schedules.
Looking back, there are many things in our childhood that we did that would be beneficial if brought into adulthood.
Here are 5 things we did as children that we should keep doing as adults:
1. Get crafty.
Grab the paint, glue, scissors, markers, paper and adult coloring books. Allow your inner artist to appear and explore creative mediums without the pressure of perfection. Don’t have any specific outcome in mind, just use the craft supplies you have on hand and see what happens!
2. Take a bath.
Showers are so rushed. We get in and get to the point. But remember sitting in the bathtub as a kid for what seemed like hours? We may not be into rubber duckies or pretending we are mermaids, but as adults, bathtime is great for relaxation and winding down for the day.
3. Be confident in whatever you wear.
I used to walk around in oversized princess dresses, a feathered boa around my neck, and a cowgirl hat on my head. My younger brother rocked Peter Pan tights or superhero outfits wherever he went. But I will say, we were confident! I wore what I liked, and no one’s opinion affected me. Sure, it’s much harder to get away with wearing a tutu or superhero capes out in public, but we can still choose outfits that we love and be confident in whatever we look like.
4. Use your imagination.
When we are kids, we go through our day imagining we are jumping over a floor of hot lava and fighting the bad guys with our superhero powers. Our entire childhood is one big fantasy where we are the main characters. Imaginations do not have to be turned off when we become adults. An adventurous life perspective is just as important in our adult lives. Using our imagination helps us to discover new ideas and think outside of the box, which can be beneficial to our careers and our personal lives.
5. Dance through life.
My four-year-old daughter dances everywhere she goes. She leaps down the grocery store aisles and twirls while walking through our neighborhood. Whenever she dances, a smile effortlessly accompanies her movement. Dancing through life as adults can be equivalent to letting things roll off our back instead of fostering resentment or giving ourselves the freedom to move from place to place instead of keeping a rigid routine. Whatever dancing looked like for you as a kid, try incorporating similar movements into your adult life and see what happens!
What parts of your childhood are you missing in your adult life?
Amanda is a wife, mother, writer, and certified life coach. Pen and paper make her spirit come alive. She spends her creative time reading, decorating, and handwriting fonts. Her world is better with an assortment of chocolate and a stack of books packed and ready for travel. She is a writer for Downs Ups & Teacups. When she’s not writing, she’s planning outdoor adventures with her husband and two children. She believes life feels best when it’s truly lived!