… or how to never grow up!
This post is closely related with my 30th birthday and some thoughts, which have been with me that day. It was almost 3 months ago, but I’ve decided to prepare it anyway because of one important reason: this blog was supposed to be some kind of my own birthday gift to myself. I started to think about it in Decemeber, then in January I asked about that idea on Instagram. And then I just thought: now or never!
What is it like to turn 30?
The answer is: I really don’t know 😀 Well, I taught some lessons, of course. I’m able to let go some things easier, try different paths or not pay attention to other people’s opinion (not so much as before, anyway). I know better, what I want in life and how to achieve that. I managed to create my own style and define my world-view. But at the same time I’m a person, for whom age doesn’t really matter. I believe that more important is how you feel, not how many years are behind you. It’s like I have written on Instagram under my birthday photo: I’m still in love with fairy tales and Disney movies, I love dressing up, buying plushies and geeky gadgets. I enjoy little things, like to imagine strange worlds and love to laugh without any particular reason. And I’m always trying to keep in touch with my inner child.
Few photos from my birthday…
… and amazing gift from my boyfriend: Glamdring (Gandalf’s sword) from Lord of the Rings! Not very mature, isn’t it? That’s the point! 😉
Keeping in touch with your inner child
It’s not about being childish, of course. For me it’s more about “not growing up”, meaning: trying to appreciate simple things and not taking life too seriously. Why is it so important? Let’s try to sum it up a bit.
It helps to keep your dreams close and defend yourself from “this boring mature world”
We all have our resposibilities of course, we have to deal with some problems and react to situations around us. But staying in touch with our inner child lets us escape to the world of imagination as often, as we need it. Just to forget for a moment about all the reality around. It can be anything really: reading your favourite story (we all know that Harry Potter is irreplaceable here ;)), listening to Disney songs, painting a colouring book or dressing up like a fairy and go for a fantasy photoshoot. And what about real dreams? Well, I think it’s important to remember about them, keep believing and fighting for them. It’s harder than just imagining things, but at least you keep trying. And it’s also easier, when you still have at least small part of that idealistic, trusting approach which you used to have as a child.
Making space and time for your all-time favourite things is also important! Can you believe I love many of them since childhood?
It helps not to forget about finding fun, happiness and magic in everyday life
Just enjoy all those little moments, appreciate the smallest things in the world and look for something whimical and wonderful around. Remember the feeling of jumping in puddles after the rain? Or laying on the grass, smelling flowers and doing nothing? All those things and emotions are easy to overlook, when we’re focusing only on everyday life. And I believe that we all need to be happy-go-lucky sometimes 🙂 And again, it’s not about doing some crazy or stupid things. It’s more about simple joys: you can smile because of blooming flowers, nice book, little adventure, spring rain, nice walk in the sun etc. It’s all about seeing magic in usual things – because it’s there, it always is!
Happiness in collecting colourful leaves, smelling flowers or enjoying first snow? Always!
It helps to be more creative!
Remember how little you’ve needed to build a dollhouse? I used to do that only from pillows, books, audio and video cassettes! Or building a base with chairs and blankets, it was so cool! Or going for an adventure into a forest, to meet all those magical creatures you could imagine. It was the best time. I’m not saying we should still do all of those things (although sometimes I really feel like I could build a base ;)), but we can always try to think how to use something in a different, more crative way. Just let our imagination work free, it’s amazing how much we can discover sometimes!
Dressing up is a nice idea and a lot of fun regardless of age! Here are some of my witchy costumes from last year.
I don’t know if this post makes any sense to you, but all things mentioned above are important to me and all of them help me in making everyday life more unique and magical.
Do you agree with my point of view? Maybe you have some other ideas how to keep in touch with your inner child? I’d love to hear about them, let me know in comments below! 🙂