Let’s remember what it’s like to live like a kid.
This came to mind because over the Holiday I got to spend a lot of time with my nephew. The way he treats other people, looks at life, and is present in the moment was really beautiful to see.
First, the way he treats other people. He is too young to be socially conditioned, and worry about what others expect of him to change his behavior. He stares into your eyes, and isn’t worried about catching awkward or extended eye contact. When a stranger walks by, he says an adorable “hi” just because he enjoys interacting with other people, with no expectations, criticism, or judgment. When he’s looking for some love, he isn’t afraid to walk up to someone he trusts and ask to be held.
And as a child, he’s not worried about tomorrow. He takes life moment by moment, doing what he wants and feels right then and there. And in these moments, he is always so observant to learn about everything going on around him, and finds joy in the things right in front of his eyes.
Of course, it’s not realistic to drop everything and live like a child. That would be extremely irresponsible. But, we can incorporate a few of these ideas, and approach life more often through the eyes of a child.