Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Therapy

There's nothing wrong with acting like a kid. Now, when I say "acting like a kid" please don't assume I mean "immaturely" because I surely don't. Therapy is defined as any act, hobby, task, program etc., that relieves tension. It is an activity that has a curative power or quality.

&nd well, there are an innumerable amount of activities, hobbies, tasks, acts and programs that fall under that category - and most of them are from childhood. I'm not ashamed to admit I still find these things enjoyable, and I'm sure the friends I have who enjoy them right alongside me wouldn't offer up any excuses either.

Earlier today three of us sat on the floor of my dorm room coloring. Yes, coloring. As in, we broke out the $1.99 activity book and the box of 64 Crayola Crayons and proceeded to color to our hearts content. I can't tell you how relaxing it is. How simply fun. One friend even noted how rare it is for her to take time out and just do something for the sake of doing it...like coloring.

Then, instead of going out for all of the three days which make-up a weekend at college, a group of us recently settled down for a few games of Apples to Apples (mind you, we had drinks in hand, but the idea was still there).

I love chocolate milk with a straw. Disney movies are still my favorite. Jumping in leaf piles is amazing. Bubbles. Board games. Coloring books. Building a snowman. The Holidays... naps.

"Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap." -Robert Fulghum

(I have to agree)

Children know how to enjoy the little things. So perhaps this ties into my previous post about simplicity. If you don't know where to begin - if you don't know how to learn to stop and breathe, pause and enjoy - look to a child. Witness the wonder as they see a shooting star or a field full of butterflies. Note their laughter as they experience the ocean and the way it seems to play with them, like the waves are rolling to and fro in a game of tag. Watch the sparkle in their eyes on Christmas morning or the determination they possess when attempting to stay up on New Years Eve. Absorb their happiness, their joy, their love. Their admiration of simplicity, of all the things we begin to forget as the years pass by.

Then, try to bring it back. Incorporate it into your own life. It's therapy, I swear it is. It helps remind me of the important things in life, and that in turn, makes it easier for me to be happy. Happy every morning the sun rises and a baby is born or a couple finds true love or I manage to color a picture without going outside the lines =]

I'm not suggesting you throw responsibility to the wind and attempt to remain a child forever, but I am suggesting that you never let the wonderment completely fade away. Of course, this isn't the only step you'll need to take to teach yourself how to appreciate the beauty in everything you see or to pay attention to every breath you take and every moment you live - but it's a start. Peter Pan may have eventually left Neverland, but he never let go.

Now go grab yourself a tall glass of chocolate milk and blow some bubbles in it or something (or, if that's too much for you, just enjoy it =] )

XOXO

DG

3 comments:

Bethypou said...

I have to agree with you. Bringing out the child in you everyonce in a while, makes the soul say young. I love to play board games, color, dance around to old music.

Sarah J. said...

I LOVE the way you said it ~ We should all have cookies and milk and a nap ~ the world would be a much different place!

Chase said...

simply beautiful post. And a great reminder.

There's life to be found through the eyes of a child.

-Chase
PS I drank my chocolate milk today. Through a straw. It took me right back.