Hey, Inner Child…take a hike

OK, so that doesn’t really mean what you might think it does.

The other day I heard a couple of people talking about very disparate pleasures and enjoyments of life and in each case they spoke of how they wanted to allow their inner child to play.
 Sounds good, right? 
However, I think the concept of inner child has been used too widely and in this case in particular.
 Why should play be associated with an inner child?  Why not the outer adult?  Better yet, why not with…YOU!

You see, I think people create an artificial and restrictive state by maintaining that distinction. Why shouldn’t, why couldn’t, the outer adult be as free to enjoy and play as does this supposed inner child? 
I think such a distinction bifurcates our psyche (always wanted to use that word) and gives responsibility to the outer adult and pleasure to the inner child.

Well I say it’s far more important to remember when play was a part of our life and reinstate it to a well-deserved and well-respected part of our adult life.

My blog is about wellness, about living life fully; I believe those imperatives can’t be met without play. Of course responsibility is still part of our life, again living fully would require that but that doesn’t have to impinge on fun, on play, on laughter and even being care-free if only for a few moments!
 Frankly, I think many people experience a childhood that is anything but care-free!

So I say, if you’ve forgotten that play is an important part of your adult life – remember *how* to play, remember *what* play is – a way to grow, to learn, to live life more fully.

Now get off the couch and play, but by all means, have a good time.

About zolfw

I am an avid trail runner and fitness enthusiast, an accomplished cook, a lover of cinema and literature (although I read everything from graphic novels to professional psychology tomes, neither extreme being literature in the strict sense) . I am a retired Health and Wellness Coach. I am a husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.
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