Monday, October 4, 2010

Kid at Heart

This is more of me going off about the world. Consider it my word of advice for the day.

Do you ever watch Saturday morning cartoons? Be honest with yourself. When was the last time you rolled down the hill, or laid in the grass and watched clouds roll by? Honestly, sometimes I can't handle being serious with others. I always have to make a joke somewhere, find a reason to smile. To me, a successful life is simply being happy. Not having money, or power, or fame, but knowing yourself and who you are. Being successful is being comfortable in your own skin during any situation, living a life that suits you. Why don't people understand how much happier the simple things can make you? Like ice cream. As a kid, could you ever eat ice cream and be truly angry about something? People should just enjoy the natural highs of life. Make the most of what they are, develop their talents and just learn to have fun.

And no, by fun I don't mean to party, use drugs, drink, and do unspeakable things. Think back to what made you happy as a child. THAT was fun. Making forts and sleeping in them. chasing animals, building sandcastles, playing 007 with dart guns, having pillow fights and dancing like an idiot in the street. Why can't people do that now? You're never too old to be a child. Enjoying lemonade and playing in the sprinkler doesn't make you immature at all. Trusting people once in a while and saying hello or smiling at strangers in the street doesn't make you stupid. Yet people hold back. Why is that? Why do we care so much what other people think or do? Does your self-image really matter that much?

When you read this, I want you to go get the biggest, fattest, brightest markers you can find and grab a piece of paper and draw something silly. Maybe a dog, or a house, or some clouds, or a tree. Draw some stick figures, and make everything bright and colorful. It doesn't matter if it looks realistic or not. You are never too old to draw on the walls or pick flowers. No matter how old you are, playing in a playground can still be the most fun you'll have.

What do you want? Right now, I want gumdrops. I want to go bowling with friends and just forget the stress of the world. I want to go to a party and do THE SPRINKLER in a huge circle of people and not have people everywhere grinding or trying to look "sexy" (actually, old dance moves are really fun). I want to wear a Tshirt and Bermuda shorts and throw my hair up in a ponytail and run after the icecream man. Even if you refuse to be "innocent" anymore, why shouldn't you let yourself enjoy the simple pleasures of life? Eat a box of chocolates and don't worry about the calorie intake. Girls, don't care about makeup. Boys, wear jeans that actually fit you and stand up straight-be confident in that good side. Girls like nice guys.

Go hug a tree. You think I'm kidding? I'm not. The extra oxygen will give you a natural "high" as long as you do it without feeling stupid or embarrassed. SMILE FOR NO REASON! Dance in the rain. GO TO THE STORE IN YOUR PAJAMAS! Buy apple juice instead of energy drinks! GET HIGH OFF OF LIFE INSTEAD OF CIGARETTES! Say "Jeepers Creepers" or "cripes" instead of cussing. It'll make you smile. Let your natural hair grow out. Shop for meaningless trinkets that make you smile instead of a "hot" dress you'll probably only wear once. Instead of getting on the computer, go on an adventure. Meet new people. Build card castles. Watch a disney movie. Forget about who's right and who's wrong. Screw the politics. Screw being "rebellious" or "cool". Stop acting like TV is honestly more important than school. Go on a picnic. Watch the clouds or the stars. Camp in your backyard. Take a picture of the sky instead of one for myspace or facebook. Write in a journal. Seriously. I'm not even kidding. Think about what was fun to you as a kid, and go re-live it. =] It'll feel awesome, I promise.

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