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Navigating Back to Wonder

  • by Nick Reynolds
Rediscovering Childlike Wonder: A Journey Back to Our Innocent Roots

As we grow older, we often find ourselves burdened by the weight of our experiences and the expectations of the world around us. We're told to act like adults, to be responsible, and to conform to societal norms. But what if I told you that the key to unlocking our true potential lies in rediscovering the bewilderment and curiosity of our childhood?

I'm in my 30s, and like many of you reading this, I've had my fair share of ups and downs in life. But through the struggles and the successes, I've found that one of the most valuable lessons I've learned is this: We have the freedom to dream again.

Dream like you've never been hurt,
Dream like you've always been loved,
Dream like your love ones are watching you from the sideline this entire time, saying go baby go.

But how can we tap into this childlike wonder once more? Here are a few steps to guide you on this journey of rediscovery.

1. Embrace your imagination

As children, our imaginations ran wild, and we were encouraged to dream big. Somewhere along the way, we were told to be realistic, to settle for less, and to put our dreams aside. It's time to reclaim your imagination and let it soar freely once more. Allow yourself to envision the life you truly desire, without fear of judgment or failure.

2. Cultivate curiosity

Children have an insatiable thirst for knowledge, asking "why" and "how" at every turn. As adults, we might subconsciously suppress our curiosity, fearing that it will make us appear naive or vulnerable. But curiosity is a powerful force that fuels creativity, innovation, and personal growth. Embrace your inner child by asking questions and seeking new experiences, even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone.

3. Find joy in the present moment

Children have an incredible ability to find joy in the simplest of things. They can spend hours playing with a cardboard box or a pile of leaves, fully immersed in the present moment. As adults, we often get caught up in our past regrets and future worries. Practice mindfulness and focus on the here and now, finding joy in the little things that make life beautiful.

4. Be kind to yourself

Children have a natural resilience that allows them to bounce back from setbacks and disappointments. As adults, we tend to be harsher on ourselves, letting our inner critic take over. Learn to treat yourself with the same kindness and compassion you would show a child. Remember that it's okay to make mistakes, and that every experience is an opportunity for growth and learning.

5. Surround yourself with wonder

Finally, make a conscious effort to seek out experiences that ignite your sense of wonder. This could be anything from stargazing on a clear night, visiting a museum, or simply taking a walk in nature. Surround yourself with people who inspire you and encourage you to dream big.

In conclusion, the path to rediscovering childlike wonder is a journey of self-reflection and growth. By embracing our imagination, cultivating curiosity, finding joy in the present moment, being kind to ourselves, and surrounding ourselves with wonder, we can unlock our true potential and live a life filled with passion, creativity, and joy.

So go on, dream like you've never been hurt, dream like you've always been loved, and dream like you once did as a child; without the limitations of reality.

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