You know that feeling on a beautiful day, when you're in a cheery mood - maybe you've received some good news or some love - and all you want to do is skip like a little girl? Or maybe you feel it when you're eating a popsicle in the backyard on a hot summer day, with the stickiness of your barbeque dinner still on your hands and lips.
My inner child loves these moments.
These untamed, unabashed, free spirit, hair-windblown-and-tangled moments that make this life so satisfying. It's sometimes a sense of nostalgia, when you remember the simple joys and simple ways of your 5-year-old heart. One day it might take form in an old song that brings you some sadness but you can't get it out of your head.
Darling Magazine recently published a piece by Natalie Warther about what can be learned from your 'inner child,' and it's called Why Thinking Like a Five Year-Old Could Make You Wiser. This article has sparked so much excitement in me, for who I was as a child and who I am now. We're the same person! But each one has something to learn from the other. I hope you can see that truth in your own self and still recognize the younger 'you' that has brought you to this point.
Don't hide that small-framed 'you' inside of you. Let the little one run across the field without fear, or dance at the grocery store to the song on the speaker, or stand up to a bully because it's right! Cry when it hurts. Laugh when you want. Color a picture for your mom or dad. Do it because you need to be 'you' and this world needs to see it!