As much as my time out here in the Maritimes has been about learning new tools for my readings, it has been as equally important for me to reconnect to who I am.
I think for a lot of us, as we get older and mature into adults, we can lose the true sense of who we are. We get busy with everyday life…raising families, trying to advance in the workplace, and conforming to the expectations from society that we put upon ourselves.
Most of this is great, don’t get me wrong. However, what I am able to see with a lot of people is the loss of connection to who they are and the connection to their inner child.
I have a great example.
January here has been a great month for lots and lots of snow! A couple of days ago, a friend and I decided to go outside and build a huge snow fort in her backyard. We spent a couple of hours digging out all the snow and had a great time! I think the last time I built a snow fort was when I was around 11 or 12 years old. Over the past couple days it is all we have talked about, just like you would as if you were a kid. We’ve been planning what to do next, how to improve it and planning when we would work on it. I really felt connected to my inner child at the time.
What interested me the most with the building of our most awesome snow fort, was the reactions we would get from people that we told what we’ve been up to. Many people were shocked and questioned why we would do that. Some people thought it was a cool idea and secretly wanted to go and build their own fort. Then there were the few that were actually going to go and get started on their own awesome snow fort.
So, what is stopping you from going out to build your own fort? Or try something fun from your childhood? I think for most people, it’s the worry they have of what other people might think of them. Of how they would be perceived by their peers. Some people have simply just forgotten how to connect to who they were as a kid. Here’s a little secret, the more you try to connect to your inner child, the easier it gets! The more you connect, the more fun you have in life! It’s a great side effect of being a kid again!
I have a few pictures of us working on our snow fort, which is not completed yet. We have currently decided to renovate our fort and are in the planning process of making it bigger and better!
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