Celebrate the kid in you
By; Eric Kinkel
The sum of our total happiness often lies in the innocence we
felt as a child.
We search for those very things in our “adult” years. An
eternal anguish, which never ends.
Whether your childhood was happy or not so, we all have some
recollection of innocence which allowed us to feel impervious to
death. You thought quite clearly: nothing can happen to me, I'm going to live forever.
As all humans strive for that elusive intangible called happiness, we lose
sight of the kid in us. A natural curiosity for all things is
often the only thing left from our child hood. It drives people
to insane height’s of over indulgence, excess of success’s,
which in turn leads a straight path to unhappiness, ill health
and a self imposed ill fate.
As a good houseplant needs to grow and be nourished, so to
must the roots of our past. Look back, find those days, weeks,
months, years, and rekindle the spirit of those moments where
you found joy and happiness in your childhood.
I recall much of my child hood traversing creeks and
cornfields with my wrist rocket and BB gun in hand. I explored
with an insatiable desire to be a part of the rumble I felt
beneath my feet.
I recall my friends and I taking long treks on our bikes
until we landed somewhere we did not know. I recall the bonds of
our friendship like blood brothers on a mission. We were kids
who didn’t have any worries in the world, except being home in
time for dinner.
I recall our neighbors freezing over their back yard in the
winter to make an ice rink for the kids in the neighborhood to
skate. In summer, the same neighbor would roll out the pool so
we could swim to our hearts content. I recall my child hood
a lively, yet quiet suburban street in the sixties and
Long hot summer nights with the old blade fans roaring through
out the house, my friends and I would hum through the back of
the fan’s to make a “weird” sound while our parents told us to
knock it off. I recall macaroni and cheese dinners and ice cream
nights in the basement. I vividly recall all the music, which
sang to my soul and provided me a backdrop for numerous memories
such as family camping trips to Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming,
Arkansas, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Washington DC,
Indiana and many a trip to Wisconsin. Each of these lively
escapades resonates in me like a tuning fork of happiness. In
those very years my father and I traversed the many lakes of
Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Canada, to fish for
every kind of specie one could imagine. I learned about the
unique disciplines and common sense responsibilities and ideals
behind the great outdoors, from my father. I am extremely
grateful to my Dad for passing along his love of sportsmanship
Joy filled Christmas's engaging with family during the
holidays....and lets not forget about the food. It was
everywhere! Having grown up with a large German family
heritage, food was sure to fill the air, it came with the
Though my experiences as a kid may differ from yours, I can
assure you the the kid in me is strong and still in tact!.
My fascination of all things was,
and still is, intoxicating. When I was a kid, I would channel my
energies into that which I felt uninhibited.
As adults we fail to realize these very perceptions for what
they are…FUN! There is much to blame in what we know as the
‘business’ world. An idea of humans being paid while coming
together (as old as playing games when you were a kid) to do a
job? Another feat of child’s play. In the process we are so
wound up in this human failure to “succeed” (yes, I said
failure) that happiness becomes an outdated or an overworked
idea on an arduous holiday.
Work place solutions are a good start. By building togetherness
among co-workers we are celebrating the kid in ourselves. Adult
solutions only serve to deepen the wounds and hardships of life,
especially in the work place. Many large companies are embracing
such policies and finding a greater overall morale and
productivity. In turn helping the employee's bring home much
more than just a paycheck replaced by an over all spirited-changed behavior,
like that of Ebenezer Scrooge. Likening all things once thought
to bring unhappiness to believing your own happiness can change
those around you.
It is these very policies I look for when investing my hard
earned dollars in stocks. If a company provides such meaningful
morale and overall acceptance of individual liberties then their
future is brighter than those who do not, or those who continue
to disregard open mindedness.
In order for the human race to continue to prevail we must
find a way to embrace the creative uninhibited mind with out
chastising it for not staying within the box (work, office
scenarios). As trite as it may sound the old axiom “working
outside the box” is as true as ever if we are to continue to
carry on and upgrade our existence.
Some seek to immortalize themselves vicariously when they
have children, living their lost child hood through their
children. Simply put, it is wrong! Society will ferret them out. Though all the wrong things continue to
happen with parenting in our evolution, it remains important to
remember these type of parents are a lunatic fringe existing
The earth churns endlessly with people doing important
things, abandoning the kid in us at every turn. With out
abandoning discipline and responsibility, it is possible to
resurrect the ‘kid’ with in you. It will say to those around
you; 'I am going to celebrate the kid in me no matter what'.
Here is where I encourage maturity verses child like behavior.
There is a difference between celebrating the ’kid’ in you and
being foolish. Remember that celebrating the ’kid’ in you has a
purpose. A purpose to which you will find a greater sense of
being by embracing such free spirit and not insolent behavior.
Instead, I encourage uninhibited behavior.
A free mind is a valuable mind. A free-spirited mind has a
child within. Celebrate the kid in you everyday for the rest of