How much fun did you have as a kid that you don’t have now?
I was a teacher once. And looking back I reckon kids have so much to teach us as adults rather than just the other way round. It’s just so tragic that we can grow up and lose so much of our natural born curiosity and energy for life. Doesn’t happen to all of us, but it does happen far too often.
So what do kids know about how to do life better than most adults?
First of all they are SPONTANEOUS
As Nike says Just Do It! And kids sure do. Okay so they don’t always stop to consider the consequences but at least they have a go. As adults, how many of us take so long to work out if something is the right thing for us that we miss the whole damn opportunity? Kids are spontaneous. They know how to shake things up. And that keeps life exciting.
Being spontaneous, they know how to LIVE IN THE MOMENT
How good would it be to be so in the moment that nothing else matters? And sure it drives us crazy but what a fantastic way to be. So absorbed in what you’re doing that you lose track of time and place. Now that’s really living, not just existing.
And then they’re PERSISTENT
How great are kids at nagging you for something they want. Wearing you down like dripping water. And they won’t give up until you give in. They’re pretty smart. Even when you say no they find a way to persist.
That’s because they’re SINGLE- MINDED
When they want something they just go after it with both barrels. And nothing will distract them.
Not to mention they QUESTION EVERYTHING
Until they get their own way. Sure it another thing that drive’s you crazy. But I reckon one of the greatest attributes of leaders is to challenge the status quo and bring about change for the better. So questioning is something we should encourage don’t you think.
And I guess kids are just NATURALLY INQUISITIVE
Get into everything don’t they. We’re all born with a zest for life. The naturally inquisitive gene is there, it just gets hidden over the years as the day to day grind wears us down. But just stop and watch any kid pull something apart to find out how it works. Do you remember ever doing the same thing?
Last and probably most importantly kids know how to PLAY
And if we do more of that too, it will keep us young and vibrant and healthy.
Learning to let go of the seriousness of life even for just a little while is so good for us.
So what can you do today to let your inner child in you come out to play?