Every child is an artist, the weight of the world has not yet invaded their soul so they are free to be creative and believe in all things. Unicorns, fairies, talking pandas and even the occasional misadventure where the hero always wins. What a special time childhood provides and how much we need to protect our children while they live these special days.
So when did the pangs of adulthood start invading your life? Was it grade school, middle school, high school, was it due to time, trials, family issues or the impending reality of growing up? I have a friend who was homeless in high school, another who was adopted out of foster care around age three. And I have another friend who is still haunted by things that happened to her in high school. We all carry the scars of the transition from childhood to adulthood, some more than others. Our past does not define us it prepares us.
My friend who was homeless has defined who she is and what she wants by being a wife, mother and working professional. She overcame by hard work and still has a great deal of childhood joy in her soul. My friend who was adopted, and her husband, are now adopting their second child and building a place where they can pass on a better life to those children who need a safe place to be kids. And my friend with high school torment mentors young women who need help transitioning from high school to college. All three serve as a reminder that we all have things to complain about, to fear, to regret, it is what we do with those things that help us build a brighter future. We can be victims or victorious…the choice is ours to make each and every day.
Let today be the day you tap back into your childhood silliness AND dream, create, release that inner artist from the responsibilities of being an adult. Open a new box of crayons and color outside the lines. Let go of the pains and channel your inner hero to slay the dragons and win the castle. The only thing stopping you is you. The future is waiting for you to win, all you have to do is sprinkle a little fairy dust and dare to believe.