Standing in the schoolyard waiting to pick up my kids, I notice about thirty younger kids (about the age of 4) running around in no organized fashion – some are riding scooters in and out of the crowds of parents that have assembled, some are throwing balls against the wall, others are chasing each other and some are having an epic battle a la Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. And the volume…oh boy the volume, it reaches a decibel so high I question whether it is live or Memorex (if you were born after 1980 you probably won’t understand that reference…google it).
It seems like pure and utter chaos.
On closer inspection, I discover it is not pure chaos but pure exuberance. These children exude an unabashed freedom to be who they naturally are. There is no worry, no excuses and no judgment – they are free. They are not hindered by rules, or tied down by policy and procedures, or concerned with making sense out of things – they know they want to have fun, and that is what they are doing.
These kids are pure positive energy zipping around offering up playfulness, laughter, friendship and fun. As I watch with interest and amazement, I can’t help but get caught up in the excitement. My inner kids wants to play too
A ball rolls my way, I pick it up and throw back and let out a cheer when the boy catches it. He smiles.
Three little girls whiz by me on their scooter, I make racecar noises as they pass. They look back and smile at me.
When my kids came out of the school I was so amped with exuberance that we played tag all the way to the car.
Then I remembered, it was when I learned about worry, when I learned about getting things “right”, when I learned about judgment and when I learned about conforming.
As a kid I couldn’t wait to be an adult, now as an adult I am trying to find my way back to childhood.
Tap into your child exuberance and re-experience the freedom of just being you!