This week’s Escape Plan challenge (aka our Tip of the Week) is #34: Time Traveler: Think about some of the things you liked to do as a child. Pick one and do it.
The point of this challenge is to get you thinking back on your fondest childhood memories and to resurrect some of those magical moments, bringing them into your present day. This is a guaranteed way to eliminate the Adultitis in your life… at least for the moment. Unless your memory is triggered by a photograph, childhood toy, or an old friend, the busyness of life makes it very easy to forget memories from childhood.
When I was little my cousins would come over in the summer for days at a time. We would play and play and play- putting on theater productions (acting out Shel Silverstein’s goofy poems), playing “house”, swimming, riding bikes, etc. My head (and heart) is filled with countless memories I will cherish forever. We had a huge box of props and costumes for whenever we’d play house. Since we didn’t have any boys to drag into our imaginary play, our husbands were always in the military. Inevitably, one of us would be the mom and often be pregnant. We had so much fun pretending to be pregnant. We loved stuffing those gaudy dresses with huge pillows. I think back and laugh about how we would put our hands on our hips and lean back as if our backs were sore. This memory has been coming back to me lately as I find myself doing this in real life- no pillow this time. It reminds me how long it’s been that I’ve wanted to be a mom, and I feel so blessed and excited that I’m at this stage of my life- for real. (43 days and counting… until the due date!)
Take a moment to put yourself back into your childhood to access memories you haven’t thought about for years. Have fun traveling back and resurrecting one of those fun things you liked to do. Let us know in the comments of the Escape Plan blog what you did!