There’s a part of me that longs for the days of lollie bags; the kid days. When you ‘grow up’ you begin to miss out on sweetness. Adults don’t get lollie bags at the end of parties because they can buy all the lollies they want. But what’s fun about that?

Playing Barbies loses its appeal and lego becomes frustrating, especially when all the pieces aren’t there. The sweetness of play morphs into something more complex. As kids become adults, they move into mature, responsible, sensible thinking. To be silly is to be immature and unsophisticated.

For those stuck between childhood and the adult world, this can be disconcerting. Kidhood is FUN! No work, all play. There’s early to bed, but really, what’s wrong with that? There’s “eat your veges” and “do your homework”; bliss!!! Learning new things = excitement (for those stuck in the hum drum adult tick tock routine). And veges! Well all you Masterchef viewers know what grown ups can do with veges, salt and a dash of white wine.

To the adult clinging onto those sunny childhood days, what do we say? Grow up? Let it go? How about using grown up freedom for good? Cook some  delicious food, go to bed early and make play your work (as long as it pays the bills). Why put up with a serious life when there’s so much living to be had? Or stay up late, eat all the lollies you want and sleep in while you can.

Young inside!

Growing old is only a surface condition. Dealing with the serious stuff doesn’t have to consume lives. Paint a mural, read a fun book and hang out with funny people. Be young on the inside while your hair fades to white, while your teeth fail and your brain slows down. You’ll end up back to the beginning in the end, so why not enjoy the ride?

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