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Nurture Your Inner Child

by Vidya Sury December 29, 2014 5 comments
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Animal crackers, and cocoa to drink.
That is the finest of suppers, I think;
when I’m grown up and can have what I please
I think I shall always insist upon these.

– Christopher Morley, author, journalist

I remember as a child, my biggest fantasy was to eat an entire pack of biscuits – which, in those days, was about ten small biscuits in a pack. We didn’t even have much of a choice back then as far as brands went. But even that was exciting.

Dreams were simple but in my mind, unreachable – because when I think back on what I thought was “impossible” at the time, I can laugh heartily. I tell myself, “you’ve come a long way, baby”. I’ve “grown up” a lot, experienced a chunk of life and never stopped learning.

And yet, at this moment, the sight of that biscuit pack brings back precious memories. It feels good. It still tastes like childhood, when life was relatively worry-free. I mean, my biggest issue, when I was in elementary school, was – would  Mom approve of me spending 5 paise on the toffee sold by the hawker who earnestly swiped his cloth duster at the flies competing with the children trying to get at his wares?

I know many people think childhood is overrated, but no matter what type of childhood one has had, there are always cozy moments to cherish. I mean, who doesn’t have ups and downs? Yet, we always have that secret stash of special memories that make us feel warm and loved.

Remember the movie “The Sound of Music” in which Julie Andrews sings the song “My favorite things“?

The funny thing is, as children, we are in such a hurry to grow up. Once that goal is reached, we long for the days we’ve left behind.

There’s a solid reason for it.

Every day, I have the pleasure of watching children play. I especially visit my son’s school just so I can see them and chat with them. On the days when that is not possible, I have the joy of hanging around the basement in our apartment complex where the children play in the evenings.

They have so much to teach us.

I love their confidence in their ways and how comfortable they are, trusting their own instincts. It is as simple as – if it tastes good, it is good for you, right? If it feels good, it is good to do, yes?

They delight in everything they do without worrying about their past or future, as if they know that there’s nothing they can do about it anyway. They treat the present for what it is – a present, a gift.

Surely there’s a lesson there for everyone?

I hear them say:

nurture your inner child


  • forget about being grown up
  • forget that growing to do list – why not make a to don’t list?
  • forget the worry of deadlines


  • enjoy the little things in life
  • indulge in simple pleasures
  • join them in their games maybe a game of hide and seek?
  • spend a few moments on the swing?
  • sing along with them?
  • just run around aimlessly, laughing and – gasp! – burn some calories?

If you do insist on being grown up, you can always sit back, put your feet up and

  • read a book that filled you with happiness when you enjoyed reading it a long time ago.
  • call a couple of friends on the phone, or just call them over
  • enjoy a cup of coffee, slowly
  • do something for yourself that you’ve been putting off for a while
  • enjoy your favorite music

In short…just be.

Slow down a little. Enjoy some carefree moments.

Nurture your inner child, because you deserve it!

And that’s exactly what I am doing these days. I am working on a couple of projects I’ve been planning for a long time – I’ll tell you about it soon!

In the meantime, just decide that, in 2015, you will do those things that help you nurture your inner child. And feel the difference in your days! Technology can wait.

I am joining Mel at Stirrup Queens for Microblog Mondays

P.S.: The Gratitude Circle Link Up is scheduled for December 31, 2014 – Wednesday. Do write your posts, come back and link up on Wednesday (that’s the day after tomorrow!).

Also read:

How to let go of grudges to be at peace (14 helpful tips)

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Northern Star December 29, 2014 at 9:47 pm

I watch my nearly two year old daughter and am surprised at how quickly she wants to become a big girl… And how much I want her to slow down!

I agree, nurturing the inner child is so important for us to sustain a happy adulthood!
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Jamie December 30, 2014 at 10:37 am

I really like this post. Very good timing and great reminder. Capture and relish the carefree moments.

Birgit January 1, 2015 at 2:44 am

What a great post! We should always remember the nice things about childhood not just the sad things. I still love looking at the beauty of a snowflake:) I put my Gratitude list up last Thursday:) I thought it was the last Thursday of the month…Oops!
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Vidya Sury January 1, 2015 at 8:53 am

Hugs, Birgit! Add your post to the link that will be up in a little while! We postponed Thursday last week as a lot of people were busy
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simple girl January 4, 2015 at 7:30 pm

sometimes setting your inner child free relaxes you like nothing.. For me it specially happens when I am with my younger cousins ..
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