Let Your Inner Child Whisper In Your Ear
At some point in our lives, we are told grow up. Stop acting like a child. Hide your feelings. Be an adult. Be more serious, and so on. We lose a vital part of who we are when we listen to that. We bury it so deep that we forget it is even there. We begin sleep walking through our life.
Are you feeling a bit shaken, maybe stirred, maybe fearful and doubtful and completely utterly wildly terrified? Good. Keep going.
– Victoria Erickson
For some of us, the day comes when we can no longer remain asleep to who we really are. We don’t change so much as wake up and unlock the cage of that inner child. We “release the Kraken”, the Inner Queen of our life. We stop the drama. We stop being so sad, or angry. We stop trying to be all things for all people. We just let all of that stuff go. We are no longer afraid of who we are. We realize that we’ve always been more than enough. We finally get that caring for ourselves is an act of love, and the only way we can survive.
You can’t give up on something that your heart is still rooting for, no matter how hard the fall is. Your heart is the ultimate master. It knows the things the mind doesn’t yet have an answer for. It leads the way out of your darkest moments. It’s your one and only Chief of Staff. You have the power to thrive under any circumstances, as long as you use your heart as the compass.
– Andrea Balt
This inner child has so much imagination. They have such enthusiasm for life. They don’t see what is, they see what might be. The possibilities of endless wonder. It is having fun today, instead of planning for it on your yearly vacation. Picture in your mind a steep hill. You are at the top the hill looking down. You are on your bike and you are about to start down the hill, to break a world speed record. You can see everyone you know at the bottom of the hill cheering you on. Your best friends, your brothers and sisters, even your mom and dad. Imagine the story you will be telling ten years from now. Is the story about the wild ride down the hill, or how you road down the hill with the brakes on all the way to play it safe? Celebrate your inner child and fly down that hill!
The most potent muse of all is your own inner child.
– Stephen Nachmanovitch
That inner child doesn’t wallow in disappointment. If the idea fails to work as planned, they simply dust themselves off and start a new plan. If the child has a fight with their best friend, five minutes later it is forgiven and forgotten. They don’t just run down the street, they leap down it. Every minute is to be filled with a sense of wonder and joy. That inner child is waiting to take your hand and dance with you through the fields of flowers, to laugh rolling down the hillside.
If you are not the hero of your own story, then you’re missing the whole point of your humanity.
– Dr. Steve Maraboli
If you still have that child locked up and buried deep inside, I encourage you to set it free. Let it explore and come up with fun plans for your life. It’s magical looking at your life through the kaleidoscope and spinning the designs. Imagination will get you everywhere. Answer the toy phone and see who is calling you. Give that spirit of the child over to your personal genius. See what you can discover about your purpose that you didn’t know. You will be amazed by how wonderful and fun life can be when you aren’t supervised by your inner critic.
So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us.
– Gaston Bachelard
See that door over there? The one that no one thought could be opened? Your life is calling to you behind that door. Reach up to the handle and open it. Listen to your inner genius calling out to you. Those who do, change the world.
Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
– Steve Jobs
Today realize that you are old enough to start reading fairy tales again. Holding the hand of your inner child, step through the mirror and see what Wonderland has in store for you. Visit Neverland and see if you can fly. Go looking for treasures on Treasure Island. Explore the deep oceans with Captain Nemo. All of these stories have such vital life lessons in them. They can help us understand deep things about ourselves. People may think that you are crazy for doing so, but I have it on the best authority that “all of the best people are”.
Hold the hand of the child that lives in your soul. For this child, nothing is impossible.
– Paulo Coelho