Acting Like a Kid and Getting Your Health On
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, my family and I spent quite a bit of time outdoors. We were fortunate enough to be graced with amazing weather, touching close to 70; which is typically rare this time of year. I watched my three sons play together and enjoy one of the few remaining warm days. This was an unusual activity for us on a Friday and or even a Saturday, as I would typically be at the office. Normally, I take off Tuesday, as this is the designated “Baba Day”, when I get the opportunity to spend a full day just being with my kids, so having the extra time was a treat. It is a magical time that I would never replace and know that I will be forever grateful when I look back on this precious time. It is full of endless energetic fun, creative spirits, spontaneity and full of learning.
This week a client asked me an important question that I know we all contemplate frequently, what do we need to do, to stay healthy? I simply said, “Act like a kid”. When he looked at me with a perplexed look, I further explained. As a child, one has not typically establish too many norms. You are still in the discovery phase of life, so each new experience requires lot of leaning by trial and error, to become comfortable. Anything and everything from learning how to comfortably be able to hold a pencil as a toddler, to riding a bike without training wheels, to the first serval weeks and months of learning to drive. The cool part about when you are not good at something, yet are still honing those specific skills, that it requires a lot of energy. This energy is the movement of life.
All kids play games, run, crawl, climb and scurry. When doing so, kids move in unpredictable directions with no method to their madness, other than just being jovial and carefree youth. This behavior has many benefits that we should re-tap into, well into our adult years. The obvious benefit is increased movement and as we leaned in grade school science, more movement equals a health body. The fluidity of the body will hopefully spread to our mind and spirit. Outside of continuous movement, it is important to constantly be willing and open to trying and learning new skills. These actions keep our mind sharp and evolving, as when we constantly were as youth. As the world and technology moves on, we must continue to try to move with it.
Remember that it is okay to stumble and fall, this is part of the learning process and only makes us better. The next step, whatever it could be (actual training for a 5k or learning how to play Bridge) will take numerous attempts before we are comfortable. Most important, have fun with it! Act like a kid and bring back the carefree spirit, even for just a few moments each day.