I empathize with the sentiment expressed in this Happy and Free to be Me post:
I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult.
I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities of an 8-year-old again.
I want to go to McDonald’s and think that it’s a four star restaurant.
I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make ripples with rocks.
I want to think M&Ms are better than money because you can eat them.
I want to lie under a big oak tree and run a lemonade stand with my friends on a hot summer day.
I want to return to a time when life was simple.
When all you knew were colours, multiplication tables, and nursery rhymes, but that didn’t bother you, because you didn’t know what you didn’t know and you didn’t care.
All you knew was to be happy because you were blissfully unaware of all the things that should make you worried or upset.
I want to think the world is fair. That everyone is honest and good.
I want to believe that anything is possible.
I want to be oblivious to the complexities of life and be overly excited by the little things again.
I want to live simple again.
I don’t want my day to consist of computer crashes, mountains of paperwork, depressing news, how to survive more days in the month than there is money in the bank, doctor bills, gossip, illness, and loss of loved ones.
I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind word, truth, justice, peace, dreams, the imagination, mankind, and making angels in the snow.
So…here’s my checkbook and my car keys, my credit cards and all my responsibility.
Although I celebrate the sentiment behind this post, I can’t truly give up the lengthy list of adult responsibilities or the challenges of aging or the loss of loved ones.
With adulthood responsibilities, unlike the 8 year old child who is mostly along for the ride, I am able to determine my life choices.
Choices to buy some lemonade from the eight year old’s stand.
Choices to play in puddles and skip rocks down at the beach.
At any time, I can choose to accept the simplicity of life and make my life simplier.
I can choose to lie under a big tree and listen to birds and running streams.
Even fully aware of all the things that makes life complex, I get overly excited by little things,
Like the startling double rainbow I saw last month.
As an adult, I strongly believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind word, truth, justice, peace, dreams, the imagination and mankind’s ability to change.
As an adult, I strive to embrace the simply joys of life.
So yes, on a beautifully glorious day, I still play tag.