One of the most beautiful aspects of childhood, is the luxury of being inquisitive. Childlike wonder is something that, if you're lucky, is fostered and cultivated through love and affection by your parents or guardians. Hopefully, you were able to express your curiosity as a child, and run in the direction of your biggest dreams.
Because when you're a kid, no dream is too big, and imagination is limitless.
But as we age, we slowly lose that sense of wonder. We become cynical, jaded, sarcastic, and we lose our ability to see the true beauty in the world and in others. Nothing excites us and the things that do can often be materialistic. Instead of finding joy in the mundane, like going for a walk or smelling a new flower; we look for excitement in BIG things. Luxury lifestyles and social media "likes.
We want bigger and better. More, more, more.
Maintaining our childlike sense of awe and wonder will help us remain in our feminine energy, because we'll be filled with the joy and excitement that a child experiences when seeing something new or learning something new for the first time.
In our modern society, getting excited over the mundane can be looked at as immature or childish, but I believe it's one of the ways to see the true beauty in life.
Here are some of the ways that we can keep our sense of awe and wonder.
1. Surround yourself with awe-some things.
First things first, I'm well aware that "awesome" is actually one word. But I separated it here for a purpose. We use the word awesome so often now that when we're actually around truly awesome aspects of nature and life, we don't recognize it. I do my best to explore nature because it's one of the many things that I believe are, truly, awesome. It's the only thing that we, as humans, can't explain or control.
We don't make the trees grow and we don't make the flowers return every Spring.
We can't control how big Mt. Everest is and we are minuscule in comparison.
Heading into the woods for a hike or stopping to acknowledge the trees as their leaves transition from green to red and orange, are easy ways to remain in awe of the world around you.
2. Revisit your nine-year old self.
I have a section in my Divine Deep Dive workbook that poses a question about how your 9 year old self would feel about where you are now. A lot of times, we try to separate ourselves from who we were as children for a variety of reasons. Maybe we had a difficult childhood, maybe we were made fun of, or maybe we just feel "grown" now. But I believe it's important to remember who you were so that you can tap into the wants and desires you held in your heart at that time. Did you dream of travel and faraway places? Did you wish for a pony on your birthday? If you can, try to make those dreams come true for yourself now. That nine year old girl is still inside, still dreaming and imagining. Don't forget about her.
3. Maintain your innocence.
Am I the only one who's been made fun of for being too innocent?
"When are you going to grow up?"
"How do you not know what THAT means?"
"You've never done .... with a boy?!"
I've heard it all.
While innocence is often made fun of and ridiculed, maintaining your innocence helps you to keep a sense of curiosity in your life. It can also keep vulgarity at bay. Think about it, how does knowing what "WAP" stands for improve your life in any way? It doesn't. Your friends, family and even society at large can make you feel bad about not being as secular as the rest of the world, but that innocence will cause you to have a joy and a light that others will be drawn to, and they'll wonder how they can get it for themselves.
4. Laugh often
This one is easy! Laughing is the best medicine, and is the most wonderful sound. When I was younger, I used to look up "babies laughing" on YouTube and just listen and laugh for hours. Have you noticed how children laugh at just about anything? From funny sounds to new foods, they find the humor in everything. While the world can be a dark place, it's important that we find the humor in it. If for nothing else, to keep our sanity.
Watch funny movies, look up the best dad jokes, and just choose to see the humor. Life is way too short to take it so seriously, that you end up forgetting to laugh.
5. Tap into your creative energy
Little kids are creative! They finger paint, dance around in circles, create stories and allow their imagination to run wild. Then, at some point, those creative tendencies get stifled. (This is a big reason why I want to homeschool my kids. You can hear more of my thoughts on that here. Find ways to interject creativity into your everyday life. Some ways I do this is through:
Creating content! This includes blogging, coming up with content for my YouTube channel, and staging photos for my Instagram.
Baking. You guys always see my kitchen pursuits on Instagram, and one of the reasons why I LOVE baking, is because you get to be creative! You can add ingredients or take them away, it's up to you!
Dancing. If you have been around my channel for any amount of time, you probably already know about my nightly dance parties. Dance allows creativity to flow through you in the most primal way, through your body. You hear something and however it makes you feel, that is reflected in your movement. Dance is my all-time favorite kind of creative expression.
Writing. Though I haven't done it in some time, I used to love writing short stories. Usually based off of experiences in my own life! Not only did it help me sort through my feelings about things, but it gave me the chance to create my own ending to situations in my life that I wished had gone differently. You can write your own story or create a completely new one! Creation thrives when written down.
While the world may tell you that maintaining your innocence and childlike wonder is silly, I'm here to tell you it isn't. It's an amazing gift to see the beauty in little things, and to remember that we are much smaller than we realize.
Well loves, that's all I have for you today! I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you remember to always keep your childlike sense of wonder.