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Life through the eyes of a child

on July 26, 2012

Wasn’t life wonderful when we were children? Every day was a new adventure and we had little or no care in the World.

So when did our space rocket become a bed solely for sleeping in? When did our hot air balloon become purely the washing basket? When did our cool drum kit become pots and pans for cooking with, not playing with! When did we start taking life so seriously??

I was always one of lifes daydreamers, spending many hours of school gazing out of the window thinking about how amazing it would be to fly, making up a dance routine in my head to my favourite song or thinking about the new boy in our class! I had amazing dreams of being a world class singer and actor and author of children’s poetry books. I would often have visions or vivid dreams at night time that would sometimes come true. However, my elders surpressed these incredible gifts by calling them “weird” or it was seen as a bad thing to be a “daydreamer” and that I should “concentrate more”. I was told my dreams were “wishful thinking” and that I should work towards more realistic goals. Little did they know how damaging this was because as the years went by, and the more I surpressed these wonderful childlike qualities to fit in with their ideals, the more boring and deflating life became.

It is only now I have two beautiful children of my own that I see what I and so many of us have been missing out on!

My son wakes every morning and bounces out of bed, brimming with excitement for the day ahead. He can turn the most mundane of objects into a fun play thing and he finds the positive in every situation. His innocent, inquisitive appreciation of life is inspiring. He, like most children, are a perfect example of how we should live our lives, yet more often than not, we surpress these amazing qualities and they end up later on in their lives longing to get them back again.

I used to hurry my son along when he would stop en route somewhere. My goal was getting to our destination as quickly as possible. “We haven’t got all day!” What I failed to realise was how our journey there was in fact a valuable part of the whole trip, if not the most exciting! I now stop with him and we smell the flowers together, pick leaves to make a pictures with and identify creepy crawlies we might come across. We adults are often so obsessed with the end result or destination, that we fail to enjoy the journey. We are often so engrossed in raising our kids to be well balanced, well mannered, successful adults, that we fail to let them fully enjoy their childhood. I now walk slowly, breathe in the fresh air and look around with childlike excitement at the beauty and wonder that surrounds us. So much of this we so often take for granted and I am so grateful to my children for re-igniting my lust for life!

We can learn so much from our little angels. Children are, in my eyes, the biggest and best gift life can give us, and so it is up to us as parents and elders, to give them the gift of a confident, positive, fulfilled life. Next time your child is daydreaming, instead of telling them to “snap out of it”, ask them what they are daydreaming about… and daydream with them. When your child tells you they want to be an astronaut or a rock star, instead of telling them it is unrealistic, encourage them to reach for their dreams, as anything is acheivable if you set your mind to it.

Most importantly, find and release your inner child and start to enjoy life again. When you wake up tomorrow, imagine you are 6 years old again and have just woken up on your birthday! Really feel the excitement, the anticipation and the overwhelming joy at how much fun you are going to have and all the wonderful surprises you are going to receive. I guarantee you will have a fantastic day!

As Mother Theresa once said, “When we learn to see life through the eyes of a child, that is when we become truly wise”.

Love and blessings,

Fairy GodMuma xxx

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