I remember being younger and thinking, wow, those thirty year olds are really grown up. Then I hit my late twenties and I keep thinking, am I an adult now? I mean I pay bills, keep a dog alive, and have a spouse, and that sounds pretty adult to me. However, I feel like you should have to pass some sort of test to be a full fledged adult, and I for one refuse to take that test. Being a kid was much more fun.
Example A: My husband and I helped watch my friend’s one a half year old (no, I don’t age children by months. I think it’s crazy. When I ask someone how old their kid is and they tell me 57 months I’m like, “what the heck?!” now I have to do math in my head to even figure that out. And also, I’m not sure when people stop counting by months and switch to years. My example may be a little off, but you know what I’m talking about. People would be pissed if I started telling them I was 340 months old. (Yes, I had to do the math to see how old I am in months which only further proves my point that we need to stop doing that.)) Back to the story, I watched her child play in a plastic tub for 20 minutes and it made me think…. When is the last time anything that simple kept my attention that long?
As children we were so easily pleased and enjoyed the little moments in life, but then we grow up and start taking things for granted, worrying more about our careers than our families, and we lose sight of what’s really important. When you start worrying about the future of the company you work for, when this or that bill is due, about insurance policies, vehicle warranties, home repairs, daycares, the health of your relationships, and everything else adulting entails it can be utterly exhausting. That is when you need an adult cheat day.
- I recommend going down the toy isle at the store. This may sound stupid to you or make you feel really old when you see some of the things kids play with, but I assure you that you will find something to remind you of your childhood and give you the distraction you need even if its a bouncy ball.
- Refuse to adult and pretend you’re on summer break for a day. Yep, stay in your pajamas watching daytime tv and eat pop tarts. Sometimes it’s exactly what your body needs.
- Invest in a kiddie pool, coloring book, mini trampoline, or anything else you can find that could keep you distracted for a while.
- Find an actual kid to play with. It doesn’t matter what kid. A cousin, niece, friend’s child, kid from church. Any kid will do. (Don’t kidnap one though. I hear that’s illegal even if you have good intentions) It will wear you out if you aren’t used to being around a child, but it will also help remind you of the way children see things with innocence and joy.
Seriously, I know some of you are thinking ‘oh that’s so childish and stupid. You know what, I agree that it’s childish, but what’s stupid is stressing out over things as an adult that you can’t control and letting it effect you and those around you. TAKE A BREAK.
Well that’s my advice when being an adult gets too stressful. You don’t have to take it, but I assure you it will make you smile. If you need me or have any questions feel free to comment below. I’ll try to respond when I get out of my kiddie pool….. I just got a pair of goggles though so it may be a while.