Ever hear that saying “Everything I ever needed to know, I learned in Kindergarten”? It basically talks about sharing, being a good friend, and how to take care of yourself. Really good, solid life lessons. But, have you ever thought about what would happen if we as adults could still get away with some of things that kids can? How much better the world would be? Think about it. Kids can:
1. Walk up to a strange kid in the park and ask “wanna be best friends?” Imagine walking up to a complete stranger in the mall and saying “Hey! You’re wearing jeans and I’m wearing jeans too! We have so much in common! Wanna be my new best friend?!
2. Have a huge fight with a friend, then instantly forgive them. Remember this: your friend won’t share with you. So you say “I’m not your friend anymore!” Then two seconds later, the shiny stickers are gone, you’ve therefore forgotten the offense, and you’re playing together again. When’s the last time you’ve instantly forgiven someone for what you’d deemed a major crime?
4. Assume only the best of everyone. Once I worked at summer camp with very young kids. They were all preparing to go to various kindergartens in the fall. I asked them to draw a picture of what their new teacher and friends at their new schools would be like. Ten students, every single one of them drew their new classmates and teachers with happy, smiling faces. None could even imagine anything different.
5. Laugh. Library, church, funeral.. No one would look twice at the kid rolling around on the floor in side-splitting hysterics. Admit it- you’re in a meeting with your boss, and he’s being all serious.. You kinda want to laugh.
6. Live everyday like its an adventure. Things have been bleak. There’s not much food. Little water. The last hope for the masses (or, at least, for the family) is for you and mom to cross the dreary terrain. If you could just make it from aisle one to aisle seventeen, there might (just might) be hope for mankind.
Remember that? Just going to the grocery store with your mom was epic.
7. Imagine limitlessly. Suppose someone presented you with a problem. How can I get to [blank] in time to [blank], for example. And your response was allowed to include unicorns, magic bubbles, fairy dust, and chocolate chip cookies. Granted, it may not be entirely helpful at the moment, but limitless innovation is always beneficial in the long run.
8. Love unashamedly. You’re never left guessing how a kid feels about those around them. Kids aren’t afraid to hug their family and friends. And they can just as easily dish out a “you’re mean and I don’t like you”.
9. Share their cookies with a stranger they just met. How freaked would you be if a grownup on a train offered your kid a cookie from an open container? A kid does it, and its automatically cute and sweet that they’re sharing
10. Skip everywhere. I’m not sure this technically would make the world better, but it’d definitely make it more fun. And make for better people-watching. Adults of all ages skipping through the aisles of their local Target? That’s gold.