There’s a sad, sad, perception that life ends somewhere in your mid to late twenties. Fun is unceremoniously off the menu. Silliness is a luxury you can no longer afford. Magic is something that’s only for children’s stories and duty and responsibility are the fundamental pillars of your life. If you’re not careful you can live your thirties, forties, fifties and beyond without any sense of wonderment, fun, excitement or magic… Wouldn’t that be a tragedy? Sure, as we get older it necessitates bringing work, career, family and myriad other commitments into our lives, but does that mean that we need to sever all links with our inner children?
Readers with young kids will regularly perceive the awe and wonder with which children will perceive the world around them. Even teenagers with their unflappable sense of cool dismissal are far more capable of wonder than most of us old workhorses. If you want to gain some of that perspective, the good news is that you can… at any age. Part of that process is realizing that there are some typically childhood pleasures that you’re never too old for.
If you want to blow a huge raspberry at the aging process and inject some fun back into your life, don’t be afraid to indulge yourself with some of the things you’ve convinced yourself that you’re too old for like…
A solid argument can be made that adults get way more out of cartoons than their intended audience. Sure, kids can enjoy the bright colors, the quirkily designed characters and the silly moments of slapstick. But grown ups can catch all the little “I can’t believe they got away with that” humor, surprisingly clever social commentary and cute cultural references.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that you have to scratch the surface, if you don’t want to. You can just sit back and enjoy the fun adventures whether you’re watching with kids or on your own. Take a look through the kids’ section of Netflix some time. You may find that cartoons like She-Ra (yup, another ‘80s remake), Steven Universe or Adventure Time offer up some highly enjoyable and surprisingly sophisticated viewing.
As George Bernard Shaw once said; “We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.”. Our duties and responsibilities have a way of forcing growing up upon us. But when we’re at play we can feel the years falling off us. And where better to feel at play than in a theme park? Theme parks have a wonderful way of helping us connect with the sense of fun and wonderment we felt as kids.
Take your family (or just yourself) on a vacation to one of your favorite theme parks. It doesn’t have to cost the Earth. Just check out Sam’s Club Disneyland Tickets for some great deals for the happiest place on Earth. Nothing helps to restore your belief in magic like a hug from Minnie Mouse or hurtling down Splash Mountain.
Being awed by nature
Of course, a theme park isn’t the only vacation spot where you can restore your childhood sense of wonderment. In fact, the natural world has a number of stunning sights that can help you to feel positively child-like in your sense of awe.
Pack some of your best vacation wear and set a course for some of the most awe inspiring places in the world. What’s more, nothing keeps you feeling young like immersing yourself in a new and unfamiliar place.
Dressing however the heck you want
Fashion is for everyone. Everyone. Fashion and beauty are not simply the preserve of the young. Even when you’re dressing casually, everyone deserves to look and feel good. To be confident in their appearance. To feel attractive, dynamic and, dare I say it… sexy. Whatever your age, size or shape, don’t fall into the trap of assuming that looking and feeling good in your clothes isn’t for you.
When was the last time you danced like nobody was watching? You may be doing yourself a disservice if you keep still when your favorite tune comes on the radio. Dancing not only keeps you feeling young, it’s great exercise and can work wonders for your mental health. Whether you join a dance class or throw some shapes in the comfort of your own home, don’t deprive yourself of the gift of dance.
Painting and drawing
Have you ever noticed that children make sense of the world by documenting it in their drawings before they learn to read and write. Like dancing, drawing and painting are a form of expression that transcend language and are as old as humanity itself. Drawing and painting are incredibly therapeutic and a great way of keeping your mind feeling younger and more creative. You don’t have to obsess over form and technique. You don’t even really have to think all that much about the quality of your work. Do it for you, and if you feel like developing by joining classes later on, that’s great. Learning skills is another great way to keep yourself feeling young and full of wonder.