This little thing happens when we grow up; we forget how to play. We forget what it felt like to wake up in the morning ready to discover a brand new world. To be curious. To be light. To laugh uncontrollably at nothing. And for nothing but the wind to sweep us into some sort of adventure filled with trees, dirt and friends. Friends, that were either visible to the human eye or just part of a brief moment that we created with our imagination. At some point, we grew up and we stopped asking our friends to play.
We grew up, got “educated”, put on a suit, and headed into the “real world”. In the process we left our friends behind. And those endless days of adventure became nothing more than nostalgic memories. Getting dirty was replaced with being refined. Being politically correct and rising to the top became more important than truth, kindness and imagination. And rather than showing love to someone who at one time would have been invited into our adventure as our best friend, we learned how to show snobbery and pass judgement to those who appear “lesser” than the “in crowd”. Or worse, we limit rights and take away freedom gifted at birth from those who appear “lesser” based on our beliefs and how we choose to see the world.
It’s time to unlearn what it means to be an adult. Hell, let’s throw the word adult right out of the dictionary. Let’s bring imagination back. Let’s love everyone for who and what they are inside and out. Let’s lead with kindness and truth. And tomorrow morning, let’s wake up and play. Let’s wake up and allow nothing but the wind to sweep us into some sort of adventure filled with trees, dirt and friends–even if those friends are just part of a brief moment that we create with our imagination.
Gina Soleil, is a speaker and acclaimed author of Fuel Your Business: How to energize people, ignite action and drive profit. She blogs and speaks about how to create a business where people are energized, feel good and are happy. Visit Gina Soleil and follow her on Twitter.