How to be a kid again

How to be a kid again

As a kid, you can’t wait for the day to be an adult, but as soon as you turn an adult you wish to still be a kid. Do you recognize yourself in this? Adulthood feels draining with days filled with working, paying bills, taking care of our families and so on. Yes, it can be fun, but it can also be stressful and a little boring at times. Maybe the dream of being a kid again starts to creep up on you. 

Honestly we from CutieSquad get it. For most of us, our childhood fell as a safe place where everything was practically done for us and we had little to no worries. Our days existed of playing and exploring with a fearless attitude. We believe you can be a kid again to an extent. Of course, we have to pay the bills, but that doesn’t mean that the play has to stop. Children provide amazing examples of ways to get more enjoyment out of life even as an adult. Let’s have a closer look at the lessons we can learn from kids. 

 See life through the eyes of a kid

As an adult, it sometimes feels like we have seen it all. The flowers, the smell of delicious food being cooked, etc. And for some reasons, it doesn’t bring us joy like it used to. Place yourself in your younger self… how did you react to things when you were a kid?
It’s no secret that children see things differently than adults do. Everything is new and fills them with wonder and curiosity. They take the time to just sit and look at something and find joy out of little things. 

Lesson: practice looking at things from a new, fresh point of view as if it is the first time you are seeing them.

Let go and have fun as a kid does

As an adult it’s easy to feel tied down by responsibilities. That’s the point in life we take everything too seriously and forget how to let loose. The fear of being judged by others with the feeling that there is only one way to grow up, is holding us back to live our own life. If we are not careful we put a “mask” on to feel more protected. Children do not have these “masks” in place yet. They feel free to enjoy life as they are and do not much care what others are thinking of them.
So let us ask the question: are you more protected with a “mask” on? By living life too seriously it’s easy to forget who you are. Losing yourself in the process of pleasing others seems like a waste of time, don’t you think? People who judge you for letting loose, trust us, don’t have as much fun as you. Besides that, do you actually want someone like that to like you?

Lesson: drop the “mask” and let the fun side out no matter how silly it may seem to others. 

Things you could do: dance and sing at the top of your lungs in the car or at a concert, blow bubbles, build a sandcastle, skip down the street. 

Be honest with yourself

If there is one trait that kids do that stand out is that they are brutally honest. Nobody can point out flaws like a child. We shouldn’t focus only on our flaws or that can lead to a lack of self-confidence, but we can all benefit from being brutally honest with ourselves. If we aren’t where we want to be in life, we need to take a good, hard look at what we have been doing. Be honest and see where you can improve. Don’t let life pass you by because you kept a blind eye to all that you could do or be.

Lesson: be honest with yourself and reflect from time to time. 

Stay in touch with your inner child  

Learning doesn’t stop the moment you leave school and play doesn’t need to stop when you’re an adult. We believe that if you learn to see through the eyes of a kid, let go and have fun like a kid does, and start being as honest with yourself as a kid is, then you can definitely bring more joy and excitement to your life. Stay in touch with your inner child, always.   

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Let me tell you a little story…

For as long as she can remember Gladys P.Nut was drawing. On everything and all kinds of cute things. However, as expected, she went to get her degree and found a “proper” job in an IT consultancy. But her love for kawaii never left her. In business meetings, she felt out of place. Not only, because she was the only one in a hoodie and with a fluffy, feathered pen, but she felt unattached. Like, life was happening, and she was doing everything that was expected of her, but it wasn’t her life.

Shaking things up

After Gladys experienced a burnout, she decided to shake things up. 

Quitting her job was the best first step she took. Step two was closing herself off for a full month, just to think, draw and create without any plans, deadlines or outside influences. Her family was quite shocked by her choices and were surprised that she quit the stability of her job. Not everyone was supportive at first, but Gladys P.Nut decided to use that energy and turn it into something positive; this was how her CutieSquad was born. Every single family member became a kawaii character and she turned their “negative” traits into a fun part of their characters. It made Gladys P.Nut stronger, and she was able to create something light and bright in a sea of negativity. 

Match your life and purpose

It was never about finding the dream job. In the first place it was always about finding true happiness. To find happiness Gladys started discovering what her purpose in life is or as the Japanese call it: ikigai. Ikigai is “iki” (life) and “gai” (value or worth). It’s about finding joy in life through purpose. In other words, your ikigai is what gets you up every morning, keeps you going and makes you happy. Gladys P.Nut noticed that she could get out of bed again because she didn’t have to go to an office and ‘role-play a corporate exec’ but could just spend her days drawing, creating and seeking inspiration. Her love for kawaii and her creativity is the perfect match for her to live her life with real purpose. 

Finding your ikigai

Finding your ikigai is not easy; it’s about thinking and reassessing what you do and what you love. It’s about discovering your passion, your personal drive and incorporating this in your everyday life. You don’t have to quit your job (you might not like) as Gladys did, you can also find a hobby that fulfils you. Ikigai is not about finding your dream job, though it can be if you want, it’s just about doing what you love and doing it as often as you can. Whether that’s running through the forest early in the morning before you start your day, to purposefully raising your family or from cooking a new recipe every week. But how do you know what you love, how do you know what truly makes you happy? 

Questions you can ask yourself:

  • What gets you up every morning?
  • What keeps you going?
  • What makes you happy?
  • Do the answers of the first 3 questions align with the life you want to live? 

Yes, then go you! You found what makes you happy!

If the answer is no, that’s also okay. We have some tips that can help you:

  • Try out new things.
  • Be more in the moment and aware of your place and surroundings. 
  • Try to get rid of elements that block you in finding your ikigai. 
  • Make sure that you create the time to seek your purpose, mentally and physically. 

 Again, you don’t have to quit your job and close yourself off for a month as Gladys P.Nut did. But make an effort. Try something new, change your daily routine and make more conscious choices. Only then you open yourself up to finding your own ikigai.

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