Why you should be a kid again

As adults, we don’t have the opportunity to feel like kids very often.

We have bills to pay, meetings to attend, kids to raise, and projects to complete.

The trash needs to go out, the car is due for an oil change, this new diet you’re on is so boring, and your dog has an appointment with the vet.

Ho-hum.

But then, at increasingly infrequent intervals, we randomly find ourselves letting loose and acting like kids again. When it happens, our batteries are recharged as we forget about all the noise and responsibilities in the world.

Your only job at the moment is mowing down that kid across from you with a dodge ball. How sweet it is.

You should make it a point to be a kid again more often. You might be surprised how good you feel afterwards.

The only drawback to being a kid again? The pain and soreness in the morning. Ouch. Some things you just cannot change.

What happens to you when you feel like a kid again? What does it take to get there, and how often does it happen?

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19 comments

  1. Again?!? In my case, it is a definitive “still”
    My girl and I can break out into extreme silliness anywhere – at friends, in the car, in a store, at a restaurant.

    Recapturing kidness doesn’t have to be physically daunting. It can be as simple as changing your frame of mind.

      1. Simple – we think about it too much.
        Take your brain off the hook and hit the slip n’ slide, says me.

        And if it weren’t for a childlike frame of mind, I could never be persuaded to dance in the first place!

  2. Hi,
    Yes with age we start to feel those little aches and pains if we take things too far physically, but you can still have heaps of fun, and bring the child that is hidden within out into the open.
    When out with friends or even visiting or at a barbie, you can forget the Adult in you every now and then, and just enjoy. 🙂

  3. Damn! I’m just realizing I haven’t felt like a kid for a worrying long time! Everyone told me that I should be good and serious as far as I remember and it looks like they succeeded to brainwash me! Anyone save me!

  4. I still have a kid alive in me. The kid is usually silly but still outsmarts the mature me.
    I once played silly as a kid and acted ignorant about timings at a bank to get my transaction done, even when it was just closed. I am also a kid with my two year old. And my wife tells her friends that she has to take care of two kids at home! I started collecting stamps and coins as kid, and that hobby keeps me attached to the kid in me. I think I have paid a price of becoming a mature person. Diplomacy, political correctness, rage, materialism etc. took over the honesty and innocence of the kid. For me becoming a kid is an attempt to regain my lost possessions and relive the moments being a person I would like to be.

  5. It seems like so long ago now, but I used to get the guys together and we’d go play and be kids. We did everything from playing laser tag in my dad’s office building to cliff climbing. At the end of the night we used to kick back with a few beers and talk about all of our dreams as if they were really going to come true. We believed in ourselves, and rightly so. What the hell happened? I don’t remember when, but somewhere along the way the cliffs seemed to grow and become entirely too dangerous, and now I think I would be overly concerned with getting caught playing laser tag. At least the beer is still in the fridge. I’m only twenty-nine now, but those adventures might have well been in another life.
    That being said, I am at a really happy time in life. But do I ever feel like or act like a kid? Hell no.

    1. Kids dream big and act goofy. Adults let “reality” get in the way and act politically correct in most situations. It’s good to hear your really happy in life, despite not feeling or acting like a kid. Perhaps you’ve found a happy medium?

  6. Research shows the average adult “truly” laughs four times a day. Babies laugh the most, and this decreases with age. One of the reasons I love teaching teenagers and having a three year old at home is that I get to laugh and play all day. Want to act like a kid? Surround yourself with them. It’s not a bad day when you spend your Saturday playing Star Wars and building Lego fortresses in the living room, coloring in a coloring book at a coffee shop and baking cookies. But when I am with adults? I like to partake in improv and kickball.

    1. I’ve been giving your comment serious thought, only because it seemed so unreal. Four times a day? That’s it? You definitely found a suitable solution. But what about those of us who don’t work with or have kids? I suppose that explains why we only laugh four time a day. Sounds like we could afford to cut loose and have some fun.

  7. One thing I’ve learned about being a parent is that the opportunity to act like a kid increases exponentially. For instance, I get to play with wrestling action figures and with my son’s Hot Wheels! I love wrestling action figures and Hot Wheels as a kid!

    1. Well, when you put it that way, having a kid doesn’t sound so scary after all. Please tell me you have a Hulk Hogan action figure in your collection.

  8. I feel like a kid when I’m staring at beautiful clouds or a plane flying close by to me. And then I feel like I’m innocent and wide-eyed again — not the hardened, jaded person that I have become haha! just kidding, sort of =P

    1. Pretty much every adult I know is hardened and jaded. Which is why we should stare at more beautiful clouds and make sure more stunt planes are doing extremely close flybys.

      1. Haha 🙂
        Well, what about you? I don’t believe you told us what makes you feel like a kid again. Unless you’ve been mowing down children with dodgeballs =P

    2. This post was totally inspired by mowing down children with dodge balls. We went to this extreme trampoline place, and they had a dodge ball “court.” These kids challenged us, and we whooped them. I was hurling fastballs and hitting the target! Take no prisoners.

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