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I've found that a lot of the things that make me happy are tied into things that I did when I was younger that I stopped doing as I got older. For instance, I didn't devote as much time to sit and watch a funny movie when I got older. I decided to do things that were more quote on quote "grown up things" I also developed the habit of not appreciating the simpler things in life as I got older. Thanks for reminding me to take a minute to stop and "smell the roses" every now and then.

Thanks for sharing!!

Heya Dani!

Thanks again for the opportunity to post on Positively Present!
I hope all is good on your side:)

Have a great weekend!

Heck yeah, I was a child until I turned 7, and got it back when I turned 23.
You don't even have luv fireworks or building sand castles - having a childlike (not child-ish) attitude towards life is the REAL kingdom within !

"Indulge yourself fully in the activity that you are doing and enjoy it to the max." - That is my mantra - ohm shalom.

Jarrod - I'm so glad you liked Diggy's guest post. It really was a great reminder to stop worrying so much about being a grown up and take a moment to relish the simple things in life.

Diggy - You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by and contributing to Positively Present! Enjoy the weekend.

Mars - That's awesome that you got being a child back again. I also feel like in my early twenties I started realizing the importance of being a kid again and started embracing things I loved as a child. You've made a great point about the difference between "childlike" and "childish". Thanks for mentioning that!

I've never been successful at sand castles, but I'll give it another go this year. I'm way better at making moats :)

Hi Dani and Diggy,
As I read this post I'm watching (and listening to) my baby daughter laugh from the bottom of her toes while her brothers nibble on those very toes. The three of them are are falling about laughing (well, my daughter's rolling about, but you get the picture). It's an example of the pure joy that kids experience so naturally and completely. Some of my most joyful moments have been spent rolling on the floor with my kids, or playing at the park, or splashing in the ocean. What a great way to put life back into perspective. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to nibble my daughter's toes...
Topi ;)

J.D. - Keep trying and I'm sure you'll make a great sand castle someday. Sounds like you've got the moat down and that's a great start! :)

Topi - What a great comment! Your kids sound adorable and they sound like great reminders for the joy that can be found in childhood. I'm sure they really help you to keep things in perspective and remember the important things in life!

Dani, thank you for introducing us to Diggy. I really enjoyed this post (as well as the Sunday "Words to Live By" that I just read).

Diggy, thank you for the little nudge to bring the kid back. I think I'm going to go find some water balloons ... and then maybe have some ice cream ... on a big melty cone. :D

I think it is a great idea to balance the joy of being childlike with our more adult obligations. It's hard not to smile and feel alive after riding a roller coaster and smiling so hard your face hurts! :)

Chania Girl - You're welcome! Diggy's post was a really inspiring one and his site is great. Definitely check it out if you haven't already. I'm glad you liked Sunday's post too!

Clearly Composed - I agree with you and with Diggy's message in this post. It's a great idea to balance the joy of being a kid with the sometimes seriousness of being a kid. Thanks for your comment!

I totally agree that it is awesome to keep the wonderment and fun of the kid within from getting stale. I celebrate having fun every day in some way, even if it is sharing a laugh with colleagues.

Syd - Having fun every day in some way is a GREAT way to celebrate every day and laughter is an excellent way to have lots of fun!

yes people understand im 18 had to graudate early to get full time job i cry alot just wishing icould be a kid again go to school and do whatever afterwards but now i pay bills and spend no time to my self

Jake - I know how you feel. Adjusting into adulthood -- especially at the age of 18 -- is very difficult. Being a kid seems like it so much easier. Good luck with your job. Try to stay positive!

My childhood was the best years of my short life, but soon as i turned 13 life sucked. My teens have been awful for many different reasons; i'm 16 now and had to leave 6th form college the other day due to my anxiety disorder. i lasted 8 weeks there. Now i have to get a job and it's really hard to accept that we gotta grow up somewhat. I wont forget to have fun though - i'm still always doing stuff like jumping about on furniture :P stay happy!

Lucy - Growing up can be really tough, especially if you're struggling with something like anxiety disorder. I'm glad that you're remembering to have fun. No matter how hard things get, it's so important to find the fun in life!

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