Maturity can be a good thing, especially when it comes to fine wine, aged cheese or ripe, delicious fruit. But as a state of mind, maturity can sometimes be prudish, lifeless and boring – exactly the reason why Peter Pan never wanted to grow up.
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw
To “defy maturity” is to just forget about what age you are and how you think you are supposed to act. Do and say whatever you want (as long as it’s not too offensive). Wear stripes and polka-dots together if you want to. Laugh out loud in the movie theater – even if you’re the only one. Fly a kite out your sunroof while driving down the highway. Spend the day at a water park, playground or amusement park – get wet, dirty, sweaty and stinky – have FUN! It really doesn’t matter how old you are, or what quirky things bring you joy. It is all about attitude and the way you feel when you’re thoroughly enjoying yourself. Smiling and laughing are wonderfully contagious, as they give others permission to express joy and share happiness.
“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
To be young at heart is a feeling, reflecting your inner health – your mojo, your passion, your lust for life. It is a way to experience pure positive energy when you feel excited for no reason, full of gratitude and wonder, allowing your imagination to manifest in fantastically creative and unexpected ways. It is tapping into that inner wisdom and juiciness – feeling sensually empowered and deeply connected with everyone around you. We all crave this feeling, as complete wellness is truly our most natural state of being. Sometimes it doesn’t come all that easy and we need a reminder of how grand life really is. How can we restore that fearless sense of youthfulness or muster up enough motivation to pursue our greatest passions? How can we find peace and joy in experiencing life’s simplest pleasures?
Here’s a little assignment for you : ) ~ Watch the movie Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium with Natalie Portman and Dustin Hoffman. This wonderfully magical film will surely lighten your spirit and make you feel like a kid again! One of my favorite quotes from the movie is, “Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.” This has become my personal motto.