Do we ever really grow up? Should we ever really grow up?
I sit and ponder this for a few reasons:
1. Lately, I have seen people that look “old” in my eyes and then I realize that they are younger than me; what does that mean? Am I old?
2. I am on a one-year sabbatical from my current job. I feel like I am still on my journey of trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I am 45; should I not know that answer already?
3. I am going to see the new Lion King movie with my very excited husband. I am not sure why he is so excited because he fell asleep during a live performance of the Lion King on Broadway…twice actually! Some may say this movie is just as much for adults as it is for kids because many adults grew up with this story and everyone needs to witness the amazing animation. Well then, what about The Secret Lives of Pets 2? I admit that we went to an early screening of that movie. We were possibly the only adults without kids in the theatre. Are we just big “grown up” kids?
I think having fun and watching silly movies and playing games and channelling your inner child is important in staying young. A sense of play keeps you happy and makes life feel a little lighter. Because really, we are adults. We have bills to pay, work to do, homes to maintain and people to care for or at most, ourselves to look after. And to look after ourselves, channelling that inner child may be the best thing we can do to relieve the daily stresses. Pick up a frisbee, go to a waterslide park, pull out a colouring book or go see the Lion King!
I think by keeping that sense of youth in life makes me feel younger (hence, why I have this perception that everyone is growing older but me) and allows me to still dream about the possibilities of what I can do and be when I “grow up”.
Take a recess break from being an adult at some point today. It is truly good for the soul.