When I was a Junior in college and in my first year of nursing school, I was very paranoid and afraid that I was going to die during a time in my life that I wasn't enjoying (if you have read this post then you know that nursing school was not on my list of to-dos). I was on the road a lot driving across the state weekly for clinicals and as I was just in my first year of marriage, it was hard on me to be away from my husband so much.
It was a little dramatic, but I was under a lot of stress and pressure. I now look back at that time and think how I feel like I missed out on life. That is another fear of mine- that I will miss out on enjoying my life. Because of those fears, I try my best not to take life too seriously. Not that there aren't moments that call for a serious and somber spirit, but there are even more moments that call for a big smile and a goofy laugh. They are both good for the soul.
One of my very biggest pet peeves in the whole entirity of the whole entire world is when I smile at people in passing and they don't smile back, or even worse, they give me an ugly look! I know, I know, I can't know what they are going through, but that's why I'm smiling at them, dang it! I'm trying to show you a little ounce of love and really it does not take hardly any energy for you to smile back. It will probably even make you feel better. Those people, obviously, take life too seriously.
As I come to the realization more and more that I am kind of adult now, the more it makes me miss being a kid. I promise, that while I fully intend to take advantage of the perks that come with adulthood (making your own decisions, doing things that you want to do, having your own money, etc), I will always engage in silly activities that keep me in tune with my inner child. I really believe this is important.
I'm not afraid to wear big bows in my hair.
I'm not ashamed of the fact that 85% of the movies we own are cartoons/Disney and that we watch them weekly.
I enjoy dressing up my pets in silly costumes.
I enjoy doodling on scrap pieces of paper that are made available to me.
I like to paint my nails in bright colors.
I enjoy looking back at pictures with silly faces rather than posed ones.
If I can find people who are willing, I'm always up for a good tea party.
I'm not afraid to laugh at myself for looking foolish.
I will never choose clothes based on the assumption that they are age appropriate or shy away from clothes I like because they may not be seen in that way.
I still want my birthday parties to be Disney Princess, My Little Pony, or Lisa Frank themed.
I like to buy body sprays that make me smell like cotton candy and chapstick that leaves my lips glittery.
If it is cute, I will always buy it over practicality.
I will never pass a chance to light up a sparkler.
I believe you are never too old to color Easter eggs or carve pumpkins.
I still like to dress up on holidays.
And last but not least, I still get the urge to play with Barbies.
I do not believe I am the sole or original person to think these things. But I DO believe there are people who would be embarrassed to admit they still do or wish they could do these kinds of things.
The things I listed, may not sound at all fun to you, and if they don't, it's okay. My point is, to not be afraid to be silly or better yet, to not be afraid to be childlike.
I mean, why else would Jesus want to be around the little children so much? Because they are fun and they have a simplistic and innocent view of the world. That doesn't mean you should be ignorant and uninformed. It means, don't sweat the small stuff and don't let the things you can't control consume you with worry. It means when you have the opportunity to make a silly face in a photo, take it. It means to buy that shirt you love even if it's a crazy pattern that you normally wouldn't choose. It means that when you hear your favorite song come over the radio, you're not afraid to sing it out loud, even if you are in public. And it means to smile at passersby when going through your everyday life.
Don't take the chance of looking back at your life or even the past week and think that you didn't enjoy it so much.