Turn back time…

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So this weekend I had a dozen or so friends over for some drinks and cards and good laughs. I spent most of the day making sure everything was clean and tidy, all the snacks were prepared and everything was perfect. Ages ranged from 20 to 45, drinks poured, music pumped, bodies danced, cards played, laughs flowed… it was a great time…
As these things usually go, some time between midnight and sun up, people start trickling out and you retire to bed. I woke up in the morning, loaded the dishwasher, wiped down the counters and got everything back to ‘normal’.
I decided to check my online accounts while I waited for Jackie to wake up and saw the picture above and it hit me that I miss the person I was when I was younger… Do you ever feel that way, or even think about it for that matter?
Don’t get me wrong, I think I’m a good person now… I’m honest, reliable, dependable, trustworthy, etc. I have great friends, great family and loved ones. I have a charming house with nice furniture, accessories and finishings. My car is pretty new, my dogs are well-behaved, I have lots to eat (perhaps too much). But, when I was young I was also very spontaneous, adventurous, energetic and full of positivity and life. I used to spend all of my time outside being active, now I spend my time at work or at home doing chores, housework, renovations etc. When I’m outside its to mow the lawn, take out the trash, wash the car… not really goose bump exciting. I miss rock climbing, riding my motorcycle, skiing, ski-doing, hiking, camping, cliff diving, rafting, sky diving, four wheeling, day trips that didn’t have a planned destination…
I have thought about this all day, and I believe that most people are wrong in thinking we stop ‘playing’ when we lose our youthfulness. I think we lose our youthfulness because we stop playing. I know we need our daily grind to pay the mortgage and put gas in the car and food in the fridge. I know that most of us feel like we have no time once we work all day, come home and cook, clean and what not. But I am starting to believe that we need to make time for spontaneity, or even just some good old-fashioned fun.

I plan to re-awaken the child within… who’s with me? I want to go zip lining again, cliff diving maybe, try kayaking…
Do you feel like you have lost your inner child? What will you do to get them back?

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