Forever Four

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My friend Zeenat of Positive Provocations has just celebrated her birthday by embracing the child within her. She’s determined to be forever four and I’m joining her.

I choose also to shed the 30 from the 34 and embrace the 4 year old IN me. Yippeee….

Four-year-olds:

  • are adventurous, playful, and physical
  • love to go on excursions
  • are in tune with nature
  • have lots of energy
  • are very active and do not like to sit for long periods of time
  • have wild, fanciful imaginations
  • are creative and inventive
  • like to expand on projects but don’t like to replicate models
  • are very verbal and love silly songs
  • and friends are important to them

My summer was super. I spent the summer with my friends and their girls as I do every year. It was a wonderful time for me that I look forward to every year.  Boundless energy, curiosity, imagination, creativity, a sense of anticipation and wonder (anything can happen/anything is possible), these are all the traits of a child. They are reawakened within me when circled by a ring happy children beaming smiles. Unbridled joy and splashing in the sea ended in wild dashing for the shore. Their laughter was infectious and made me crave for more. Tender touches and fond embraces will be in my memories until next year, when I’ll see them all again – right here. - Childlike wonder and wisdom

The seeds of creativity live in your imagination. You have incredible creative powers, and no one can take that from you unless you let them. Your imagination is the gateway to the realization of your dreams. Instead of abandoning it, you should continue to develop this wonderful creative force as you get older.  – From Imagination to Realization – Bridging the Gap

You are only as old as you feel. Now there is evidence to suggest that people who feel younger than their actual age experience many positive mental and physical health benefits, and those who feel older experience worse health.  – Acting Your Age May Be Bad for Your Health

When we reach our 40s and 50s – there are a lot of things going on. There’s so much going on you can feel like you are over the hill before you have climbed the path.  If you realize you’re acting your age or even older – do something about it. 

There is a spontaneous and happy four-year-old within you.  Get in touch with your child-like sense of curiosity and wonder again. Stop taking things for granted and start learning new things. Ask why and dig deep for answers.  Unleash your imagination and explore new ways to do old things. Enjoy the simple things. Laugh and love. Choose to be – forever four.

17 thoughts on “Forever Four

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    • Ha ha! You do need one day off each week for you to rest and recover. Perhaps some of that time ought to be spent on playfully being forever four. Welcome to the club. :)

  2. I have a grandson who asks me what LEGO I’m going to pack in my suitcase when I come to visit his house. He will vouch for my inner (and outer) child…

    • Hello Margie,
      Thanks for reminding me that I love LEGO. The next time I’m in a second hand shop I’m buying some for me. :)
      P.S. Welcome to the forever four club.

  3. Is this why you keep on changing your blog themes for both blogs, TiTi?? :) Like a child rummaging through a treasure truck of clothes to try.

    The link “Acting your age may not be good for your health”, caught my eye.
    You know, it was the wierdest sensation to walk down a hallway at work and have 2 guys, 1 of them 10 yrs. younger than I, complain about their backs.

    I have my problems, but quite minor. So if it isn’t recapturing child-like wonder, then it’s wonder of one’s body as a miracle and the miracle of being alive. Period.

    Having a sound frame of mind is so key plus the remembering the miracle of each day.

    • Hi Jean,
      Nah the theme changing is not due to the child in me. The continual header changes are a manifestation of four-year-old creativity running wild. lol :D

      Your last two paragraphs resonate.

      “Our true home is not in the past. Our true home is not in the future. Our true home is in the here and the now. Life is available only in the here and the now, and it is our true home.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

    • Hi Sandra,
      Zeenat is so precious. “I never want to lose that sense of awe and wonder from even seeing a falling leaf….I don’t want to miss anything.”

      I got in touch with my four-year-old this summer and I didn’t miss anything — everything we did felt like an adventure to me. :)

  4. I LOVE IT! I find that the older I get – the more adventurous I am! I recently went zip lining…YUP! Me! A nearly 50, chubby, Nana! I sang “George of the Jungle” while doing it. I think I have the Inner 4-year old down pat!

  5. When my brother was in pre-school and asked what he wanted to be when he grew he answered, “Five.” When told he could not stay five and be a grown up he cried.
    Fortunately he did not listen and though he did not get to stay five he did keep his child-like wonder. Sadly, he did not live to be elderly when it is ok to be child-like again.

  6. Most of my blogging in Absurd Old Bird is about letting out my inner child… so I can emphasize strongly with your words here, TiTi.

    I’m glad you have that yearly celebration of spontaneity when you and your friends meet. I hope you can achieve it many, many times throughout the year.

    • Hi Val,
      I enjoy your blog very much and I’m trying to keep that four year old imagination alive and creativity flowing throughout the year too. :)

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