Many of us enjoy certain aspects of being a grown up but as life becomes filled with more and more difficulties we sometimes long for the carefree and adventurous days of our youth.
With all the stress and pressure associated with “adulting” sometimes it is okay to capture that youthful feeling by thinking and acting like a kid again. So what does that mean? Well, I am not saying to throw caution to the wind and engage in reckless and irresponsible activities but there are simple things that we can do to help us maintain a youthful perspective.
1. LAUGH OUT LOUD (LITERALLY)
As adults we spend an enormous amounts of time and mental energy worrying about what other people think of us. Let go of your inhibitions and enjoy the moment. So, the next time you are with friends, family or loved ones and someone says something funny go ahead and laugh out loud! LITERALLY! Don’t worry about being loud, just enjoy the feeling of the laughter. “A merry heart doeth good like medicine:but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Proverbs 17:22.
2. LET GO AND ENJOY THE MOMENT
Now I am self-proclaimed planner addict! I love my Passion Planner and I just feel better when my life is organized and scheduled. But, every once in a while it’s okay to lay the planners aside and enjoy something spontaneous, unplanned and just spur of the moment! When you have a day off, try not to have too many scheduled commitments. For a brief moment, allow yourself to let go of your adult responsibilities, laundry, house cleaning, running errands, etc. Generally, those things can wait until later – go ahead kick up your feet and just enjoy the moment!
3. SPEND TIME WITH GOOD FRIENDS
When was the last time you got together with “good” friends and just did something fun? Get your friends together and don’t have a specific agenda or reason just enjoy one another and do some of the things you enjoyed doing as a kid. Make an agreement that you will not talk about work or adult responsibilities. “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” Proverbs 17:17