How many times have you got trapped in your own mind to only let the days drift by feeling smothered like a sardine in the tin of non-creativity? I know this happens to me on occasion when there are many projects swirling around in my head at the same time. There is solution that has worked for me to get from smothered non-creative sardine to frolicking creative dolphin.
That brings me to today’s word in our continuing 42 Words To A Better You blog series.
Word #37: Water Guns (okay. it’s 2 words, but let’s just pretend that it is one.)
So, you may be asking yourself, “What is with this guy and his fishy references?” Well, I’m not about to start spinning some ancient mariner yarns, but I am going to to be talking about water. I’ve been feeling too “adult-like” lately and losing my inner child. Which for a creative like me is a very frustrating thing. Don’t get me wrong, of course there are times where we need to be mature and responsible adults, but there are times when we need to let out the care-free and playful kid inside.
Here are some positive advantages that I have experienced by expressing my inner child:
- Increase in Creativity – by “lowering your shields” (as said by many a Star Trek captain) you allow yourself to become vulnerable and emerged into the world on a new and refreshing level. Your mind is challenged is look at and solve problems in new and inventive ways.
- Increase is Energy – who doesn’t know of a kid that can continuously run around for hours and hours? Being cooped up in an office or a slave to your computer all day can make you physically (and mentally) tired. Getting outside in the fresh air and running around raises your energy level and increase your blood flow. It’s simply good the body and mind.
- Increase in Freedom – Something magical happens when you give yourself permission to “cut loose, footloose, and kick off those Sunday shoes” (yes, I did just somehow channel my inner Kenny Loggins…. thank God you are not able to hear me singing now). Your mind, body, and soul free themselves from the shackles of the 9-5 clock and are allowed to simply exist and be whatever you want them to be. No permission is required to go out and have fun. You become the fun.
So, here is where the water guns come in. One way I recently forced myself to get out of my own mind was to go out and buy water guns. What a great way to get outside, cut loose, run around with my son, solve challenges (like finding the best places to hide), and simply be a 43 year old kid!
So, be playful and Live Creatively!
Write down 3 things that ‘triggers’ your fun memories as a kid. Take the time to do at least one thing on that list today.
I would love to hear your ideas. Leave your comments below so that others can be inspired from you.