This month we’re taking a spiritual journey into the topic of our lives. Each stage of life has its ups and downs, but every stage teaches you new things. Sometimes you forgot these things when the going gets tough, or you get older. I’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on some of the journey’s I’ve taken throughout life and appreciate just what life is all about; learning, growing, nurturing, loving. I decided a perfect place to start was with childhood. Oh glorious adolescence – a time all kids hate, but adults wish they could get back to. Here are the top 5 things I’ve learned from being a kid (that my now adult self should probably re-teach herself).

  1. Be Yourself

Or better yet, don’t care about what other people think. Have you ever noticed that kid wearing a princess costume to the grocery store in July? I was that kid. And although my Mother was mortified, she allowed me to be myself, despite the embarrassment. The difference was, I wasn’t embarrassed. In fact, I was the opposite of embarrassed because she let me do what I wanted. I didn’t care that it wasn’t Halloween. It doesn’t have to be a holiday to dress up and live your life. I didn’t care what people thought of my outfit when I was child. Kids do what they want shamelessly. I think this is something we could try and learn again in adulthood.

  1. Friends Beat Shiny New Toys/Video Games Any Day

Remember coming home from school, in the dead of winter, and running around in literal circles for hours on end with your best neighbourhood friend? I do. It didn’t matter that it was cold – we just put on more clothes. It didn’t matter that it was dark out – we just played underneath the street lights. And it certainly didn’t matter that we weren’t in front of the TV playing the newest high tech video game – because we made up our own games and fun, and it was just as great, if not more entertaining. Sometimes, the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives gets us downright exhausted. But nothing compares to spending actual time with friends – and I don’t mean your pal the TV.

  1. Hurt Feelings are Best Healed With A Hug and a Kiss

Now a days, in my crazy emotional adult life, a simple “I’m Sorry” just doesn’t cut it anymore. But when you’re a child, a hug and a kiss was all you needed to carry about your day. Grudges aren’t the way of children, and it’s something that all adults could probably take a lesson from.

  1. Be Honest

As adults – we lie. Not because we’re bad people, but oftentimes to avoid feeling stupid. As a kid, if you don’t know how to do something you say just that. You’re not embarrassed and you don’t pretend you do. You ask because you don’t know, and being honest lets you learn something new. It’s hard to admit when you don’t understand something, but pretending you get that new concept when you don’t, is just as damaging. So take it from the littler, younger you – don’t be shy, and admit you don’t get it. You’ll be thankful when you do.

  1. OhMiGOD Christmas?!?! Best Day EVER!!

Seriously – Christmas is the holy grail of life. Christmas for a kid is basically the best thing that happens on any given year. Gifts? For literally NO reason at all? YES. PLEASE. As you get older Christmas can become more of a burden then that special time of year. A lot of people think kids don’t appreciate the hardships of real life. They ask and they take and they don’t understand the concept of money or hard work. While some of this may be true, I don’t know if I entirely agree. Sure, kids get bombarded with gifts from loved ones during the holidays. Some might think that no one child needs so much stuff. The difference is how much kids appreciate it.

Do you remember what you got for Christmas last year? Or the year before that? What about the year before that? Me either. But what I can tell you is about the Christmas I got a Furby; you know that creepy talking furry thing that every kid and their grandmother went nuts for one holiday season. I can tell you that no kid in my school got one – but I did. Did I know at the time that my Father had went out and bought the thing for an astronomical amount of money from some guy on the internet? Back when the internet was still sketchy?ย No. But I remember that Christmas morning and I remember the day – still to this moment. And I have a million more memories like that – one from every Christmas as a child when I got that one thing I so desperately wanted.

That kind of appreciation, and love for something, only comes from children. It’s something we could all take a lesson from, and appreciate what you have, what you get, and who you have around you.