The other day in the comments of my post about the Pajama Run (a fun idea about going on spontaneous ice cream runs in your pj’s after bedtime), a woman left a heartwarming comment that made me smile. She basically summarized the entire message of Kim & Jason in a few insightful words. TadMack shared,
Sometimes stuff like this makes me tearful, and I think, ‘Dang! I want a do-over! I didn’t get a childhood like that!’…and then a little light goes on. OH. See you at the ice cream parlor. I’ll be the one with the curlers and the cloud-printed flannels…
Some people have amazingly magical childhoods to reflect upon and others simply do not. Unfortunately, for many grown-ups the reality of their childhoods is such that it should never be relived. Our message is for all of the above, not just those with the fuzzy memories. As Jason shares in our speaking programs, the good news is that we were all born with these “secrets from childhood.” They are instinctual and often just need to be dusted off and put into practice, even if you never got the chance the first time around. I think TadMack summarized this best in her comment. I also read a quote the other day that says it well,
It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
So, if the second one is up to you, what are you doing about it?
Are you carefree?
Are you playing on a regular basis?
Are you appreciating the little delights all around you?
Are you authentic?
Are you dreaming big dreams?
Are you laughing often?
Are you constantly learning and growing?
Are you honest?
Are you believing that people are good and things work out for the best?
Are you living with passion and perspective?
The choice it yours and no one else’s. Enjoy your do-over!
[tags]second childhood, TadMack, do-over, carefree, big dreams, laughing, playing, living with passion[/tags]
Kim, what a great post! I heartily agree. There are many things I “missed out on,” as a kid. But now I’m in charge! What a great idea.
I love that picture, it shows exactly the sort of life I want to live. And those questions you posted will put you on track to doing it.
Love your work! Go team go!
Cecilia Antuña says
Hi, I am a teacher of English as foreign language in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the land of meat and tango. I’m designing a Drama-Song summer course (for us, it is a blazing summer)for adults in the Argentine Central Bank(yes, believe it or not, I’m doing this for bankers!) and was looking for material to trigger childhood memories. That’s how I came to find you. Well, you’ve definitely succeeded in the feeling I want to create in my class, in me: refreshing as a summer rain! thanks.
One of the best distilled messages of what being childlike is all about -whether we’re 5, 25, 50 (as in my case) or 75. It doesn’t get easier, but the reward never wanes!