Remember When You Were A Kid?

Remember when you were a kid? If you were anything like me, you were lost in a land of make believe, playing a myriad of games and having loads of fun getting absorbed in the moment.  Think back for a second and try to place yourself back on that prized bicycle or in that special tree house.  Can you resonate with that feeling?  How does it feel?  There really is nothing like playing with your childhood friends without a worry in the world.  Can you feel the lightness of the moment?  Can you feel your worries just drift away?  Can you feel the excited optimism and happiness that comes from hanging around your friends?  It drifts in and out, back and forth while the warm sun stands watch over whatever game you happen to be playing that day.

This carefree lifestyle we led as kids; this carefree feeling that anything was possible.  Where did it go?  You know there is no reason that you can’t tap back into that feeling.  Just because you are older doesn’t mean that it has to be lost forever.  We can learn a lot from children and how they carry themselves.  In all actuality, I think that to be able to regain that carefree, happy, optimistic, anything is possible feeling we had as kids is not only possible to regain, but it is a key component in maintaining our happiness, having a fulfilled life and creating and living out our goals and dreams.

How do we tap back into this feeling?  How do we regain that carefree nature that is open to possibility and being lost in the moment that kids have mastered?  Here are some suggestions…

Go play.  It doesn’t matter what…just go play!  Grab a Frisbee and some friends and throw it around.  Play a board game with your grand kids.  Go shoot baskets at the local park basketball hoop.  It doesn’t matter what it is…just go play; get lost in the moment!

-Let go of the urge to “do”.  Let go of feeling like you always have to go do something.  Sure we all have responsibilities as we get older…family, work, etc.  But I am a firm believer that we create a lot of habits that aren’t really that important.  Identify them and let them go.  Watching too much TV?  Spending too much time on the internet?  Take some of that wasted time and go play!  Not only will you gain the benefits of playing but you will also release some of the weight and pressure of your perceived “need” to do something.

Be in the moment.  Leave your to-do list at home.  Just focus on what you are doing at that very moment.  Let tomorrow’s tasks stay in the future.

Hang around fun, positive people.   It’s as simple as it sounds.  Surround yourself with folks that already get it.  If you are hanging out with fun, positive people it is only natural that some of their energy and fun nature rubs off on you!

Be open-minded.  Let go of any pre-conceived notions you have about yourself and what you are doing while you are playing.  Many of us try so hard to maintain certain images of ourselves that keep us rigid, sometimes stuck and closed-minded.  Be open to trying new things; be open to looking silly sometimes.  It can be very freeing and look out…you just might like the way you feel!

So please…take a step back down memory lane and see, feel and remember what it was like to be
a kid.  Not only will it provide you with a new sense of purpose, but it will help you lead a much happier and healthier life as you shed some of the mental and emotional weight that you carry.  Remember when you were a kid? 🙂

Published by: gbrianbenson

Founder of Reawaken Media. Writer, multiple award-winning author, TEDx speaker, actor, filmmaker, storyteller, inspirational poet, radio personality, finisher of over 50 triathlons (including 4 Ironman distance races) and cross-country bicyclist. 2016 is already heating up for Brian as he he has a recurring part on the new TV show Sangre Negra, has been invited to give a TEDx talk in Pasadena at the end of May, was interviewed for the soon to be released documentary The Last Formula and will be releasing his new film short Searching for Happiness in early summer. In addition to acting in TV and film, Brian enjoys creating his own projects. In 2011 Brian created Guitar Man, a movie project that he wrote, produced and acted in that was filmed in downtown Reno, Nevada. The movie was written by Brian with the idea of sharing the messages ‘that we all have a lot in common’ and ‘that our true gifts reside within ourselves.’ Guitar Man was well received and was accepted to 11 movie festivals and was a winner at the Love Unlimited Film and Art Festival, won an honorable mention prize in the narrative short category at the 2011 Los Angeles Movie Awards as well as a Golden Reel Award from the Nevada Film Festival. Before Brian got into acting he authored four books, including Brian’s List – 26 1/2 Easy To Use Ideas on How to Live A Fun, Balanced, Healthy Life! which was the winner of a 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Self-Help category. Brian’s latest book Finding Your Voice was an award-winning Finalist in both the 2013 USA Book News and the Indie Excellence Book Awards. Brian lives in Los Angeles, California and will be releasing his first children's book "Steve the Alien" in late October of 2016. Visit Brian's website -

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2 thoughts on “Remember When You Were A Kid?”

  1. What a good post! And just what I needed to hear. I’m going to go to the patio and sit and just do nothing but relax in the outdoors for awhile! And you gave me the idea. Thanks!


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