Rock Your Life: Embrace Your Inner Child

The other day I created this post on Facebook. “You are an adult to your inner child. Give yourself permission to eat ice cream for breakfast… in your cowgirl boots.”  Judging by the likes and comments, this little ditty delighted a number of friends. Like me, they probably sometimes tire of being an adult. Not only is it hard work, as grown-ups, we sometimes lack the creativity and spontaneity of the young.

little girl with ice cream in studio isolated

Are you too wound up in the parameters of adulthood? I know I am much of the time. When I need to step back, turn off the noise of the world and shake off my Ms Manners persona, I turn to my old friend Dr. Suess. I think he nailed it when he said “I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain.”

crazy monster

I’ve always cherished reading to children and delivering the sing-song verses written by Theodore Geisel, (AKA Dr. Suess) the man dubbed as the modern Mother Goose. We love his characters because they embrace coloring outside the lines. Rarely do they play by the rules. (Actually, Theodore was prone to breaking the rules too as evidenced by some trouble he got into at Dartmouth. Along with some buddies, he was caught drinking in his dorm room.) I know, no big deal right? Well this was 1924 when prohibition reigned so there was a penalty.

Embracing our inner child means sometimes looking at the world wearing glasses two prescriptions too strong.

Funny nerdy school boy in classroom

Perhaps Suess was doing this when he wrote: “From here to there, and there to here, funny things are everywhere.”


So jump on the bandwagon today and plan something fun. Break out of the constant mold of proper adult behavior. Head to the mall and buy some light-up shoes to wear to work on casual Friday. Hide a bottle of soap bubbles in your desk drawer and blow them over your cube when the boss isn’t looking. Get creative and mix it up a bit. As Suess reminded us, “There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.”

About breakfast…forget your morning Starbucks ritual of a non-fat decaf cappuccino or your skinny green tea latte. Stop at the nearest Ben and Jerry’s and opt for a scoop of one of their insane flavors like Pumpkin Cheesecake. As for me, I just might show up at the breakfast table wearing a pink tutu

Ballerina in pink tutu leaning forward

and munching on cold pizza my favorite wacky breakfast treat.



7 thoughts to “Rock Your Life: Embrace Your Inner Child”

  1. You nailed it! This is why I love being with my grandchildren so much. It’s an excuse to let go and step into their world for a while. As for breakfast: “I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them Sam, I am.” but I do occasionally allow myself a bowl of nostalgic Cocoa Puffs.

    Long live childhood!

  2. Life is much too serious to be taken too seriously!!! I love shaking it up and having some crazy fun. It definitely helps having a grandson! We sing and dance to “If You’re Happy and You Know It” on a regular basis. It is so energizing!

  3. As always, Sunny, you lit up my morning by giving me a chuckle and something to think about. Bless you for that.

  4. I missed the Facebook post and love this blog! I’m all into having fun! Don’t think I’ll try the Tutu, maybe some boots and ice cream though! Chunky Monkey for the flavor and fits right in with the theme!

  5. Love this idea! My brain needs a rest from all this stress. I was just going to sit in my office all day working but now I’m planning on taking the day off & watching movies at home all day. Thanks, Sunny for this great post.

  6. Sunny, as always, you hit a nerve with this post. Luckily, I don’t think I ever outgrew my inner child, and on the days I wear mismatched socks on purpose, I just hope that someone will notice! Love this post.

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