Adulting is hard. Combine that with parenting, and life can sometimes be a nightmare. Then I look at my little ones, and I realize they sometimes have a better handle on this whole getting-through-life thing. So, here’s some wise-beyond-years wisdom from a toddler:
1. Today is all there is.
When you’re five, you have no concept of what you did when you were three. You can’t possibly regret the actions you took when you were one, trying to somehow atone.
We must do what our toddlers do, pick up and move on, because yesterday is gone. It no longer exists. Today is all there is, and tomorrow is another shot to do it all again.
2. It’s okay to do things just because they’re fun.
Stop only doing things that are productive. We’re so obsessed with getting things done that we forget how much we enjoyed doing things just for the sake of doing them when we were little.
My toddler just participates in things, anything that seems fun at the moment. We can’t do that all the time, but we can certainly do more of that than we have been doing.
3. Live like you’re trying to embarrass yourself.
If you take a look at the kids on the playground, they don’t really seem to care what anybody thinks of them, they just have a good time.
Why do we hold back from doing things, like dance to the max, or speak up? We’re worried about embarrassment, and we don’t need to be.
4. The small things in life are the best things.
We don’t allow ourselves to get excited about day to day things anymore. Things like nice weather, the smell of fresh cut grass, or a glass of lemonade are just accepted as normal, everyday things.
Kids take any little pleasure and get totally jazzed, and it’s really worth it to take another look at that, to try to see our lives from a new perspective again.