Often we are told to grow up.
We are told to stop acting like a child.
With all those responsibilities, we sometimes find it hard to relax and laugh.
But the way kids live can remind us much of the things we used to neglect within ourselves.
We can learn a lot from children.
By realizing this part of ourselves, we become more spiritually connected.
Here are 7 reasons why you should be more like a child.
7 Reasons Why You Should Be More Like a Child
1. You regain the sense of playful wonder
When we grow up, we lost the sense of playfulness.
Instead, all we talk about is work, work, work.
Where is that part of us that looks at the world in wonder?
Where is that part of us where curiosity gives us joy?
Where is that part of us that makes us playful?
Children sees everything as new like the sight of a grand cannon.
Kids play. Kids have fun.
And that also allows us to realize that we are here to play and fun.
2. You unleash your creative genius
A child has one thing an adult doesn’t.
And imagination is the source of creative genius.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein
Whereas reason and logic opens you from point A to point B, imagination reaches to point B from all possibilities.
The more you age, the more you look for cold facts and to learn what is possible depending on what’s logical.
But relying on logic is limited.
Children aren’t limited, they are limitless.
3. The possibilities open to you
One day, a black child and a white child are playing in the fields.
Their parents found them and took them back.
Shocked, the white father says, “son, don’t you ever play with that kid again.”
And the son replies, “Why father? He is my friend.”
Father says, “Son, it’s just the way it is.”
When we grew up, we accept certain paradigms that are questionable on closer look.
But children doesn’t have that limitation.
When you think like a child, you open yourself to more possibilities instead of questionable beliefs about the world.
As you look at a problem from a fresh perspective, you can solve it better than someone who just accepts it as the way it is.
4. You don’t care what others think
There’s a time when a child looks in the mirror and thinks herself the most beautiful thing in the world.
And when they got mud all over their faces, they laugh a big hearty laughter.
But along the way, we learn to hate how we look.
“My stomach is too big, my nose is too big, my head is too big, etc.”
With the media setting the standards of how we look and act, we become afraid of who we are.
We strive to be like the ideal standard of beauty, of masculinity, of power, and of anything that is better than who we think we are.
How many times you have an urge to do something enjoyable but held back because of what society thinks?
How many times we want to do something that feels good but feels guilty that others will be critical to us?
Well, if so, then it’s time to forget what other’s think.
If you have an urge to do something, then do it.
If we become more like a child, we are free to act according to who we are inside.
And all the illusions of other people’s rules of how you should be become obsolete.
5. You live in the present
The present is all there is.
But we learned to think about our regrets in the past and become anxious of the future.
The hurts and pains in our life are most often things we hold inside us.
Anger and guilt represses deep in our mind and becomes our blockage.
Children don’t think too far into the future.
Once they create, they don’t hold onto it.
A mistake once done is forgotten.
All they are certain of is the present.
And because they are in the present, they are in the flow with reality.
Blockages are nonexistent, there are no regrets, and no anxiety towards the future.
That is because when we focus on what is in front of us, we can be all that we can be without anything holding us back.
6. Full of Love and Forgiveness
One thing about children is that they are forgivable.
They are full of love and are willing to give that love to you.
Kids are open, honest, and trusting.
If you want to know the truth, ask a child and you will find it.
They never try to intentionally harm you.
Children give without expecting anything in return and forgive anything that happens.
If that is not the pinnacle of spirituality, then I don’t know what is.
Adults became the opposite – closed, cunning, and unforgiving with the intention to hurt you.
And as long as those qualities exist, then we will always have problems.
If we return to the times of innocence of a child, life will be more pleasant for us all.
7. Life becomes easier
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius
Many complexities of life comes from making simple things complex.
But you have to word hard on getting your mind clean to make it simple.
Kids are simple.
You want a friend?
Just ask, “Do you want to be my friend?”
And there you go.
But adults have to go through psychological games with each other, judging each other, and sizing each other up.
You ask, “Do you want to be my friend?”
And the answer is usually, “What’s in it for me?” or “Why?”
If our mind is simple, then our life will be simple.
It’s just as simple as that.
Take the Good Child
Though these are the reasons to be more childlike, it isn’t to mean take every little part of a child.
Take the beneficial parts, leave the ones that don’t serve you out.
Children may sometimes have temper tantrums, poor attention span, shyness, and can be irresponsible and inconsiderate.
But by thinking like a child, we regain a part of us that yearn for freedom away from the sheer cold of adult gloomy attitude which saps away life, joy, and spirit.