Be a kid again
Kids have a supernatural power to be in the moment.
Ask a young kid what day it is, or what time it is, or what they are doing later today, and often times, you’ll get a blank stare right back. Or an answer far-fetched from your original question.
Kids have little concept of time except for where they are today.
Kids also have a knack for believing anything is possible.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” often results in some answer like, “Superman. A fire fighter. A doctor. A singer. Or, a movie start.”
Nothing stands in a kids’ way from believing in his or herself (no room for self-doubt or life experience that’s taught him it doesn’t always work out). A kid believes he or she can do anything.
In addition, kids have the uncanny ability to have fun.
“Play” is a kid’s middle name and be it Barbies, Hide-and-go-seek, or tic-tac-toe, kids are always on board to have fun.
Growing up happens.
And somewhere along the way, we lose touch with these “super powers” we had as kids:
- Being in the moment
- Believing in ourselves 100%
- Having fun
For your Day 13’s #thriveproject, you’re going to be a kid again—whatever that means for you. Do something today that allows that inner child to come out and play (and have fun with it).
Need some inspiration? Try one of these:
- Swing on a swing
- Graffiti your sidewalk with chalk
- Make a dream list—your dream goals right now—anything you want
- Color in a coloring book or create an art project
- Finger paint
- Catch fire-flies
- Hula hoop or hopscotch
- Watch a movie or read a book you loved growing up
- Learn something new (kids are always learning)
- Take a nap
- Be goofy
- Play dress-up (get in your closet and work with whatcha got)
- Make exercise fun today (whatever that means for you)
- Walk barefoot in the grass
- Play soccer in the yard or park with other kids or friends
- Set up a lemonade stand
- Volunteer with kids—and get lost in the moment
- Stack blocks or Legos
- Jump on a trampoline
- Go rollerskating or bowling (put the bumpers up, it’s ok)
- Play catch
- Explore—be curious
- Do something that scares you to prove you can do it (like jumping off the high-dive)
- Skip everywhere you go
- Play the cloud game (figure out what shape each cloud is)
- Escape into a “Harry Potter” book
- Make a wish in a fountain with pennies
- Wear mis-matched clothes
- Turn on music—and just dance
- Go to be early
- Recite the alphabet backwards
- Try a handstand or whip out those old cartwheels (you still got it)
- Sing in the shower or car
- Make a silly face at a stranger
- Imagine what superpower you’d have
- Say “I love you” to everyone you love
- Stamp your foot if you feel upset
- Ask “Why” if you don’t understand something—seek clarity
- Eat dessert first
- Don’t make your bed
- Eat from the jar or the carton
- Eat when you’re hungry. Stop when you’re full.
- Splash in puddles.
- Don’t be afraid to get dirty.
- Take a funny selfie.
- Make popsicles.
- Leave your self-consciousness at the door.
- Wonder big questions—How many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop for instance (Consult Google for some answers)
- Live in awe of all the things in the world that amaze you
- Make a recipe you loved as a kid; or Sip chicken noodle soup alongside my grilled cheese (or grilled paninini sandwich—see your recipe later today).