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:
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?