5 Things My 5 Year Old Can Teach Us

About Passion and Enthusiasm…

For the 4th of July, I put my 2 year old daughter to bed and left her with Grandma so that my 5 year old and I could go watch the fireworks.  We headed to the cute little neighboring town to walk around and find a good spot to check out the show.

While we were waiting, I was totally fascinated by the exuberance spilling out of my son.  He was so thrilled to be there, right in that moment, taking it all in.  It was contagious and ended up being one of my most favorite experiences with my son.

I think Enrique (and probably your own children) have quite a bit to teach us about living a passionate life…

1.  When all else fails ~ Sing and Dance! While we were waiting, he just started belting out “It is the 4th of July – yeah, yeah, yeah!” and dancing and grooving to his own tune. What could have been an agonizingly long wait turned out to be super fun.  I loved how he just embraced the moment and turned it into magic.

2.  Who cares if no one is paying attention ~ do your own thing anyway. As he was singing and dancing and waving the sign he made to let everyone know it was the 4th of July ~ many, many people walked on by without even acknowledging him.  I noticed myself being annoyed with them.. “hey you mean people-check out my son- he is hilarious and oh so cute!”  But, he didn’t care.  He just kept on celebrating.  It didn’t matter at all that people weren’t approving of what he was doing and letting him know it.  He was happy and having fun and that’s all that mattered.  How often do we let our adult selves stop playing and having fun doing the things we love because no one is giving us the thumbs up, letting us know we are awesome for doing what we do?

3.  Don’t wait for the other guy to make the first move. Say hello, smile, be kind.  All through the night, he walked up to strangers, told them his story, shared is passion and enthusiasm.  He didn’t wait for them – he made that first move and made lots of friends because of it.  Not to mention that he shared his joy and his love and his experience of life and all those people that made a connection with him were encouraged to experience a little bit of joy for themselves.  This makes the world a better place.

4.  Celebrate the little things. My boy was far more thrilled with all the little, mysterious fire crackers than the big showy ones.  Every little pop and boom we heard, we went hunting to find it’s source.  “Did you hear that?  Where did it come from?  This is SO cool!”  Sometimes the little things, the smaller details can be far more exciting than the big life events if you let yourself be thrilled by them.

5.  The prize is not at the end of the tunnel.  It’s the experience that counts. Once the big fireworks started, he was ready to go home.  No big person obligatory thinking that said we had to stay until the end because, this is why we came in the first place.  Nope.  The experience of waiting and exploring ~ the anticipation was far more fulfilling than sticking it out until the end.  He knows that and when he was full up, he was ready to go home.  Do you know when you are full up?  Or do you keep pushing toward the prize ~ not realizing that the prize doesn’t even really matter?

What have YOU learned from your little one lately?
Let me know in the comments.

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