5 Things From your Childhood that you Need Back in your Life

We can learn a lot from children. Some of the most important lessons we learn in this life time come to us at a very young age. It seems the older we get the more we forget that.

I know most public schools are useless when it comes to preparing us for the ‘real world’, but it also seems that we’ve overlooked A LOT of the basics that were taught to us in those early lessons.

Maybe some of our teachers just didn’t dive deep enough. They brought us to the pond but didn’t teach us how to fish. They gave us the words but didn’t teach us how to embody the message.

The Tortoise and the Hare.

The Sun and the Wind.

Mother Goose.

How plants are also alive, just like humans.

Not crying over spilled milk.

Nap time.

Just to name a few.

We worry about stupid stuff. Trivial matters that wouldn’t mean anything to us if we were staring death in the eye.

In this ever-growing complex world we find ourselves living in, it’s important more than ever to realize how trivial some of this stuff really is. And how we can learn a lot from our old selves, those innocent little children who seemed to not have a care in the world.

Here are 5 things from our childhood that we must never forget, that we can utilize daily in order to be the most happy and at peace with ourselves.

1. Imagination.

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I asked my facebook friends what they missed most from their childhood and over 50 people commented.

Having fun was at the top of the list.

That’s a shame. Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you have to stop having fun.

Never stop living free.

Do what you want to do. Play some games. Make things up as you go along.

Create your own universe and the reality that surrounds you. 

I remember in second grade I had one of those progress reports, or parent teacher conferences, whatever you want to call it.

The teacher told my mom that I was a great kid but that I had a problems paying attention. That my mind would wander and I would always get caught doodling on the sidebar of my notebook rather than paying attention to the lesson at hand.

Well yeah, I wasn’t paying attention lady. Your lessons were bad. Maybe I would have paid attention if you captivated me, which really shouldn’t have been that hard considering I was an 8 year old.

Quality requires attention.

So instead of figuring out why I wasn’t engaged, they punished me for my differences. That was a big mistake.

They were teaching me that my imagination was bad, and that conformity was good.

Imagination is everything. 

Watching shows and commercials that bombard us with rapid-fire imaging that changes every two-to-three seconds is messing us up. They’re making it too easy for us, it’s brainwashing.

That’s one of the reasons kids have such bad ADD problems today. They have a huge crutch when it comes to imagination, all the work is done for them, and it shows.

A short attention span can screw up your relationships, making them shallow and unsatisfying.

It’s never too late to start creating. Just because you may have a boring job and have to pay bills doesn’t mean you can’t work on yourself and your own dreams on your own time.

Instead of hanging out after work or on the weekends start building something. 

Most people have off weekends. That’s 104 extra days a year to get some work done for yourself.

Work that you love and enjoy doing. Whatever that may be, just do it.

2. Treating everyone the same.

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If you are awake enough,  you will realize that you treat some people different than others.

That’s because you are role-playing.

The way you speak to a janitor may be different than how you kiss-up to a boss or that girl you want to impress.

The more you identify yourself with these roles, the more inauthentic your relationships become. Treat everyone the same, just like a child would. 

“In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Children don’t care if you’re a CEO or a gas station attendant. It’s all love and happiness. 

So stop talking about that coworker in the cubicle next to you. They may just end up being your boss one day.

3. Being honest.

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Kids can be the most genuine.

Kid: “These mash potatoes suck.”

Parent: “Now dear, don’t say that to your Uncle, that’s not nice.”

Boom, see that? We’re automatically taught to hold back how we really feel inside.

Programmed into liars by our parents and societal constructs.

This doesn’t mean you have to be brutally honest with people and tell them how much they suck.

It just means you don’t have to lie and tell someone how great they’re doing when in reality they’re not.

Keep it real. Say what you mean and mean what you say.

4. Taking naps.

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Starbucks on every corner. Red bull and five hour energy drinks are all the rage.

Majority of these people are trying to ‘floor it’ in a car that has already run out of gas.

It’s all a cover up, another band aid masking a wound that really needs stitches.

It’s pretty easy to figure out why so many people are on-edge, with their cortisol levels shooting through the roof.

We don’t need more caffeine we just need more sleep.

We don’t need more action we just need more rest.

We don’t need more stimulation we need more meditation.

Technology has us staring into artificial lights all night long. Two steps forward and three steps back.

All this technology is cool now, but will come at great costs later.

That bright-light we stare into before bed is messing up our circadian rhythms and draining us of vital life-force.

Once the sun goes down so should we. Besides some candle light or a nice fire give your eyes and mind a break.

One of the most well rested weeks of my life was when hurricane Sandy blacked-out all of New York.

With no power, I had no choice but to go to sleep earlier. I felt great.

Sleep is my favorite supplement.

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy,
wealthy, and wise.” – Ben Franklin

So what can you do to make up for the lack of sleep and all that over stimulation?

It’s easy, just do nothing for 30-40 minutes a day.

I do something called Corpse Pose.

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That’s me lying on the floor in a hotel lobby. Guess what? I’m a better human because of it.

Lying in ‘Corpse Pose’ is the number one way to relieve stress. It’s nature’s Xanax.

Not shutting the display on your cell phone is the quickest way to drain the battery.

We are very similar. Majority of our energy is lost through our eye-sight.

Close your eyes for 30-40 minutes a day and just do nothing. You don’t even have to fall asleep. You just have to let go and get away.

If you don’t go within, you go without.

You’ll feel revitalized with a sense of calm sustained energy, just like you deserve to have.

Try it, let me know how it goes.

5. Losing sense of time.

I just saved a turtle!

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The Tortoise and the Hare.

The faster you move, the older you get.

The more you rush, the quicker time goes by.

Take your time. Breathe.

It amazes me how many people drive faster than they should.

Or they rush by the next person on the sidewalk thinking they’re getting ahead.

They are the hare, they just end up losing in the end.

Where are they really going? Where do they have to be that badly? They’re in a rush to nowhere.

“I never rush myself. See, they can’t start the game without me.” –Satchel Paige

One of the hardest lines of all time.

When you rush, that’s when accidents happen. Accidents can kill you.

When you rush, you get stressed, stress will kill you.

Break the word disease down. It’s dis and ease, dis-ease; a body not at ease. Be at ease.

Take your time, throw your clocks out. You’ll get there when you get there.

Think about the turtle. Everyone makes fun of him for being slow, but that guy out lives us all.

Follow nature. Slow down the pace of life in order to prolong its span.

Enjoy the view. Take it all in.

It’s now a clock. You can never be early, and never bet too late.

Living in the moment means not being worried about the future and not getting down about the past.

You are not your past. Stop thinking about it.

Kids are the best at that. You tell a kid that you’re doing something in an hour and they come back five minutes later telling you they’re ready. The time is now.

We lose touch with that. We worry about everything but the beautiful moment we’re in.

That’s why they call it the present. Because it’s a gift.

That’s why people love taking vacations. Because they’re finally being struck with new stimuli and which is giving them no choice but to live in the moment.

With all the new sights and sounds they’re so busy caught up in the moment, they forget about the future and the past.

They’re finally truly living.

You don’t need to go away to achieve that. It’s right here. Paradise isn’t some vacation destination, it’s wherever I am.

That’s what our authorities were trying to tell us with the whole spilled milk thing.

Once that liquid is down the drain it’s gone. You’ll never see it again.

Now is the moment of power, and all power comes from within.

Conscious breathing can bring you there. Training your senses can put you there as well.

It’s easy, all you have to do is appreciate all the beauty around you.

Whenever you can remember to take a few breaths. Out through the mouth and in through the nose.

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  • Matt Nicosia

    Great post. I have never thought about the concept of treating everyone different due to the role we’re playing. Something to work on. #4 and #5 are similar. I think they’re both about being present. Great post.