I was never able to get the concept of ‘Growing up.’ Parents use this term when they expect you to take responsibilities but they can take this privilege back when you are about to make a major decision of your life. You will never be old enough to make all your decisions, says every parent on the earth. Anyways back to the original story; “growing up” has become such a misleading phenomena these days. What I have gotten so far that growing up means saying goodbye to your playfulness. You are expected to act mature and have a grave face while holding conversations about what is happening around the globe. Humans are the only species on earth who sacrifice playfulness in return of a name tag “Adult.”
Imagine how much joy we get from the playfulness of mother nature – raindrops falling in the form of bubbles, swinging trees on a windy day, sun peeking behind from clouds, waves rising and falling in a rhythm, everything around us is so playful and hence joyful. Some people are scared of their playfulness. They are afraid to look stupid in front of others. But remember what Forrest Gump said, “Stupid is as stupid does” and who can judge you anyhow.
You do not need to appoint any judge to validate your life, do you?!
Your obsession with being in control of your mind makes you so stiff all the times; that is why our egos are growing, and our sense of humor is shrinking. I do not ask you to stop growing with experiences but do not allow child within you die. Allow yourself to let loose, dance freely, sing loudly and be happy just like a child. Do not let yourself be a victim of ” acceptable behavior” conditioning.
Sometimes when I go to business meetings, I always hold conversations about person’s interests, travel or music. No more boring weather talk to break the ice. Business does not have to be all deadly serious; I understand there are major financial responsibilities however people can still keep their joyful, authentic personality while at work. Everyone does not need to talk about the weather, not everyone has to nod their head without understanding, not everyone has to look at the clock every 15 mins!
Never let your inner spirit die in the process of making money.
You are a human, not a robot. Be careful as it is easy to fall into a trap. I am always happy to see people who are joyful and having a real conversation at their workplace; I still remember the smiling face of a person at Barcelona airport’s ticket counter who asked me about what I liked about Barcelona. In my head, I must have said: “Certainly the airport staff” 🙂
If you have forgotten how it used to be like a child, here is a simple solution; Play the music you used to listen when you were the child, I am damn sure it will work as a catalyst and will bring back good old memories. As I have written in my last post, if you are playful life will respond to in a similar way by giving you more opportunities to play.
Have a beautiful day! Love and Sunshine! Keep Feeling Buddhaful!