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"That’s the real problem with the world; too many people grow up. 
 They forget. They don’t remember what it’s like to be twelve years old again."

Walt Disney 

Today's post was written by Diggy, creator of Upgrade Reality, which is one of my very favorite sites to visit. If you haven't had a chance to stop by his site and learn some great self improvement tips, I would highly recommend doing so. If you want to learn more about personal development, Upgrade Reality is the place to go!

We enter this world as a tiny little baby, with no ability to support ourselves. If we are lucky, then loving parents help us grow up and guide us through our childhood until we are able to take care of ourselves. As little kids, we can be amused by the smallest things like little dolls, plastic toys, swings or cartoons. We spend hours playing in the snow, building lego or going round and round the merrygoround. There is not a worry or care in the world and time just flies by. Then school finishes... 

Maybe we go to college or university or maybe we have to find a job and start working. Either way, at this stage of our lives, the responsibilities start piling up. Maybe very lightly at first, but as the years go on, they become heavier. We get sucked up into the real world, with work and stress. Deadlines, projects, tasks, impossible chores. Some of us can go through life without taking anything seriously, and some of us just become a slave of our own prisons (jobs, homes, relationships or whatever it may be). 

We Forget What It's Like To Have Fun 

We forget what it's like to be a kid and have fun the way that they do. Maybe we think that it is no longer possible to have that care-free fun. Sometimes when we happen to see kids in the playground or having fun with their friends, it reminds us of those days when we were kids, and we wish that we could have fun like that again. I think that it is entirely possible to have that carefree fun without a worry in the world the way that kids seem to have it when they are playing. I also think it is wise to realize that you do not really want to be a kid again. 

What you want is your life right now, the way you live it, but with a bit of that carefree fun like when you were a kid. I wrote this post because recently I have experienced a few of those moments where I spent hours being amused with small little things and it made me feel like a little kid again, carefree and not a worry in the world. It snowed. Yep, everything was covered in a thick layer of white powdery stuff. Since I live in South Africa, it never happens that there is snow in the street, and it was a couple years since I had been in the snow. I spent hours making and throwing snowballs, building snowmen, tackling down other snowmen and just walking in the snow.

4 Ways To Have Loads of Fun 

For those of you who live in the snow and see it all the time, it may not be the thing that is going to let you feel like a kid again. But don't think that you are too old to do that kind of thing. If you want some more ideas of things that you can go out and do right now to have fun and be like a kid again, try some of these on for size: 

  • Fireworks: For the little pyromaniac inside you. Blow things up, enjoy the loud noises or simply set the sky on fire with sparkles, colors and pretty explosions. In most countries this is only allowed once a year on New Year's eve. 

  • Amusement Parks: The ones you used to go to as a kid, with rollercosters and all sorts of fun rides. I'm willing to take a guess that you haven't been to an amusement park in years?! Go with your girlfriend or boyfriend or even with a whole group of friends. There is food, music, entertainment and lots of fun rides. You'll have a blast. 


  • Sand Castles: The beach can be fun again too. Dig a whole, build a sandcastle or a fort and try not to let your friends destroy it while you are building it. 

  • Paintball: It does not matter if you have never shot a gun before or that you don't think you would make a good soldier. Paintball is crazy fun for people of pretty much all ages, boys and girls. Get a whole group of friends and find a place that offers paintball games. Sometimes it's in a forest, sometimes a building, sometimes the dunes. Enjoy shooting your enemies and covering their clothes in paint splatter. 

Today I Will Have Fun

I don't want you to avoid your responsibilities, or hide from them. Be an adult and do your work, chores and be responsible for your own actions. What I am saying is that every once in a while you set a day for yourself where you are going to go out and have fun. On that day, you are not going to worry about anything, and you are just going to have fun with the people you care about. Indulge yourself fully in the activity that you are doing and enjoy it to the max. A day like this will break up any stress or worries for a while and help you to focus on your work better. This way you get the most out of your entire situation. Enjoy life and have fun. 

This post was written by Diggy. Diggy writes about personality development at his blog UpgradeReality. If you are looking for motivation, inspiration or useful tips to live a better life, subscribe to his articles via RSS or Email.


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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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