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Find a swing and release your inner child

May 13, 2016
Somewhere a swing is missing you

swing missing you

 

One of the options for this week’s Friday Reflections was to write about a chosen image. I look at this image of the swing and it brings back so many happy memories of my childhood.  Countless afternoons spent playing on my swing, singing at the top of my lungs (my poor neighbours).  Each afternoon after school I would come home, Mum would make afternoon tea and then it was out to the backyard to my swing until dinner time.

I would close my eyes and swing as I high as I could – it almost felt like flying.  I also loved that feeling of ‘losing your tummy’ as you went higher and higher – like being on a roller coaster.

I am now older, but the inner child still emerges whenever I see a swing set.  It is something synonymous with the carefree days of childhood, whiling away the hours with not a care in the world.

We live across from a park and a children’s playground and whenever our grand children visit there is always a visit to the park for a swing.   They love being pushed higher although you can see the apprehension sometimes in their smiling faces.

I came across this quotation by Doe Zantamata when I was writing this post:

Somewhere a swing is missing you

One unfortunate aspect of growing older is that most people feel they need to ‘grow up’ and they lose the ability to have simple fun.  They become inhibited in their feelings, emotions and their behaviour, because they fear they will appear foolish to others.

This fear of what others might think of us holds us back from enjoying our life and enjoying moments where we can just have fun, be silly and carefree.

As children we have no inhibitions – we aren’t born with inhibitions.  We are free with our emotions and enjoy life. Unfortunately, society places conditions on us as we grow up and somewhere along the line fun and games are just not acceptable or so we are told.

Can you be brave enough to enjoy your life regardless of what others may think?  We have but one short life – let’s not waste it by leaving our inner child buried deep within.  Take life, enjoy, laugh, sing, dance and just be in the moment.

Do you have a swing that is missing you?  Why not go to the park today and take time for a swing and reflection.

What a sad world it would be if there were no swings, dancing, singing or laughter.Click To Tweet

I’ve written often about releasing your inner child and You might also like to read my post Isn’t it time you embraced your inner child?

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18 Comments

  • Reply Deepti Agrawal May 13, 2016 at 17:55

    Lovely quote you have added,,
    Yes in the process of becoming a ‘Grown Up’ we leave behind the simple pleasures of being a child… and miss out the childhood carefree laugh and smile ..
    we need to release our inner child to be free ..

    http://serendipityofdreams.blogspot.in/2016/05/celebrations.html

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 16, 2016 at 09:24

      It was a lovely quote Deepti and really resonated with me. Have a great week!

  • Reply Corinne Rodrigues May 13, 2016 at 19:22

    Thanks for the lovely reminder, Sue. I try to let the inner child out with painting and colouring and just acting silly, at times!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 16, 2016 at 12:50

      Yes I love colouring in as well Corinne and enjoy doing it with my grandchildren. 🙂

  • Reply Dipannita May 14, 2016 at 02:31

    Lovely post… there is no age for having fun and whenever I see swing in any theme park, I definitely try to cherish my childhood days….

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 16, 2016 at 12:56

      Hi Dipannita I love going to the park with my grandson so I can have a swing! There is no age limit to having fun unfortunately some people forget that at times.

  • Reply Celeste May 14, 2016 at 07:35

    Oh to be a child again. I remember swinging and playing on the merry-go-round, so much fun.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 16, 2016 at 12:57

      I know Celeste – such an innocent time with no cares it would be wonderful occasionally to turn back time wouldn’t it?

  • Reply Bellybytes May 15, 2016 at 06:16

    I love sitting on a swing even now… The feeling of flying in the air…. It does bring back memories of childhood and a feeling of being without a care in the world …

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 16, 2016 at 13:00

      I think 9 out of 10 people feel the same way about swings – they are a magical part of childhood which we can still enjoy as adults. Have a lovely, carefree day!

  • Reply Leanne May 16, 2016 at 14:31

    I walk past a swing on my morning rambles Sue, and I’ve often thought I should stop and try it out – maybe I will next time and let my inner child have some fun!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 17, 2016 at 16:00

      Oh go on Leanne jump on the swing! LOL:) You certainly will when Sophia is old enough 🙂

  • Reply Jodie filogomo May 19, 2016 at 01:22

    So you do go swing on the swing with your grandkids?
    You are exactly right though—we do tend to think we need to grow up. But growing up doesn’t mean not having fun. Besides swinging constitues as exercise, right?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 20, 2016 at 17:29

      Yes I do Jodie! I love going to the park with my grandson and swinging and singing. He probably is the only person who appreciates my singing voice LOL:) And yes swinging would constitute exercising so a tick for that as well!

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  • Reply Lindi Mogale July 29, 2016 at 01:08

    I love swings and I spend as much time as possible in parks where they have them, that feeling of flying and letting go is amazing. My children have also picked up on this and love it as much as I do

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 31, 2016 at 15:22

      Oh I love swings too Lindi and still enjoy having a swing when I take my grandson to the park.

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