Seeds To Happiness Blog #3 – Embrace Your Inner Child

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

As a child we are very in touch with our feelings and emotions. We know what we want and we are not scared to go for it. We rarely overthink a situation and are always honest and straightforward with our wants and needs. As children we are also more creative, more compassionate, more forgiving, more patient with ourselves and others. We are dreamers…

So what happened? How did we loose touch with ourselves? At what point did we loose our compassion towards ourselves and others, loose our creativity and imagination and started limiting ourselves to conform and please? As children we are not worried about being wrong or breaking rules. As we mature we quickly learn that being wrong often has negative consequences. At school, we’re penalized for being wrong. At work, we’re penalized for being wrong, even at home we’re penalized for being wrong. According to Sir Ken Robinson, an expert in creativity, “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” Social norms and religions have done a wonderful job conforming us into perfect soldiers that comply and abide the rules. We are being conditioned and limited in our imagination, dreams, creativity, and slowly become dependent on their instructions of right or wrong. The result – lost sense of self!

At some point we wake up and realize that the reality we live in is not satisfying. Hopefully sooner than later we connect back with our inner child and begin the search… Spend some time getting to know yourself. Break those patterns and rules, be fearless, try new things, just go for it, unlock the courage and conquer your fears, think with your heart and ignore the mind.

If it feels good – do it! if it doesn’t – don’t! Trust yourself, you have all the answers inside of you, you do not need anyone to guide you or give you a road map to success and happiness. You are enough!

Yours in embracing your inner child,
Ava Mucikyan
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