I remember when I was 5 years old. I wasn’t afraid of anything….except maybe the monster in the closet. Everything in life seemed amazing. I didn’t even know what it was like to care about what other people thought of me.
I had a blast in every single moment. I got a complete night’s sleep. The concept of judging, disliking or putting negative energy toward other people didn’t exist and didn’t need to exist.
Everyone was equal. Not better because of the car they drove or the job title they had at that moment. I didn’t care what people were wearing or what I was wearing. I lived most of my day in make believe land, dreaming up scenarios, people and creating things I thought were pretty amazing.
Everything seemed so much bigger than me physically but wasn’t the least bit intimidating. Smiling and laughter happened without effort. Dreams and thoughts of what I wanted to be when I grew up were filled with the utter determination and conviction that without a doubt…this is what I am going to do and no one would tell me any different.
There was No Fear. No Doubt. No Insecurity.
But, at some point, things shifted. We all lose that ability to be able to live in the mind of a 5 year old. Caught up in a place that pulls our energy in a million different directions, and most of the time, it is spent on unproductive, meaningless chatter and banter on things and people we have zero control over.
However, we tend to consume ourselves with what other people do. How other people act. The things other people say, to determine some level of our self-worth and overall happiness.
We shift, and allow everything outside of our control to have a significant influence on…
Our level of self-confidence.
The actions we should and shouldn’t take, based on others' perception of our lives.
Believing that where we are is all there is, and that dream we once had that began with, “one day when I grow up, I am going to be…” is gone in an instant.
As I look at life today and revert back to my 5 year old mindset, I realize that there are so many things I have given attention to, that in the grand scheme of life, really don’t matter at all.
I realize that smiling and laughing is way more fun than being serious all of the time.
I have learned and I am still learning to quiet the voice of fear that loves to rear its head when I need dig deeper and find courage that I know still lies within.
I am understanding that the things, people and circumstances we choose to give our energy to determine how we feel overall about life.
I allow myself to remember that when I get angry or frustrated because someone doesn’t do what I think they should, or falls short of my expectations, that we are all human and who am I to judge?
Think back to when you were 5 years old. What was important to you then? How did you think about the world? What “you were going to be when you grow up?”
What was the ending of the sentence that began with…”one day when I grow up, I am going to be….”
Are you afraid of the same things today that you were back then?
How would your 5-year-old self perceive you today?
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