Seeing as today is my birthday, I thought I would do a post about one of the important elements of an amazing life. Maintaining a youthful spirit. Who wouldn’t want to remain young forever? Less aches and pains, fewer responsibilities, more fun. Well, there are lots of ways from a physical standpoint to remain young. Some we looked at in previous posts, some we will look at in future posts. Today, however, we are going to look at the youthful spirit. Remember when everything in life seemed magical? When the park at the end of the block held the promise of day long adventure? How do we manage to recapture that view of the world while remaining serious responsible adults? Part of that is realizing we can’t do both. I have a few stories to demonstrate what I am talking about. The other day I was at a local establishment for lunch and was watching a young man about 6 years old mixing up a new flavor between six different soft drink flavors. His mom caught him in the act and ran over to put a stop to it. “Stop that, just pick one and sit down”. The kid did as he was told and sat down the smile gone from his face. I began to ponder, other than the terrible effects of drinking soft drinks, what is the harm in mixing five or six together? Sure it is not the responsible thing to do, but it is sure fun. So I grabbed my cup and proceeded to do just that. Some adults looked at me a little funny, but it took me back to when I was a young man.
My next story comes from this past Saturday. My sister and some friends had taken me out for my birthday. On our way to try some new tikki bar she found some songs she used to like when she, and her friends liked when they were about ten. These were songs that were long past popular and would not be considered ‘cool’ anymore to anyone who may have been listening. They turned them up and started singing and dancing along. To all those who may have been driving by we probably looked crazy, but we were having fun! Not to mention for those few minutes everybody was taken back to the time when that song had come out.
In both of these stories people may look at you as if you are being ‘immature’ or just plain crazy. If it were not for the fact that people already know I’m crazy I might get that more often too. So this week I encourage you to find something you used to do when you were young. Go to the mall and try on every goofy hat at the store while you look in the mirror. If you are still concerned with how people may look at you, try something a little more secret. Go for a walk in the park imagining you are walking in a mystical jungle, or turn on a movie at home from your youth and sing and dance along. It will give you a shot of youthful exuberance that we all need. Who knows, those aches and pains may disappear for a minute or two as well.