Last week I wrote about some changes I’ve been going through. A few weeks ago, I quit my job at a sports consulting firm so I could have more time and freedom to pursue my passion of writing. Ever my pragmatic father’s daughter, I was not foolish enough to think I could just up and quit my job without a transition plan, so I secured a nannying gig to make sure I could still, you know, eat and live and other stuff that requires money.
So I went from sitting/standing in front of a computer for 8 to ten hours a day, writing reports and sitting in on conference calls and discussing pop culture with coworkers while I waited for my Keurig to brew, to taking care of a three-and-a-half- and five-year-old for 37 hours a week. I don’t write this to throw shade on the concept of the corporate desk job, — wasn’t for me, but a lot of people do thrive in that environment — but just to call out how drastic of a change this is for me. And it happened fast.
I really connected with Angela’s shout out to her two kids, Luke and Zoe, on this week’s episode of the podcast. Angela mentioned how being around her kids reminds her that life is joyful and silly and fun. That insight has defined the few weeks I’ve spent transitioning into taking care of children full time.
As I went through adolescence and grew up from being a kid to a teenager to a “young adult” to whatever it is I’m supposed to feel like I am now, I got bogged down with a bunch of unnecessary crap (boy drama, thoughts of social status, email newsletters, makeup, Netflix original series) and lost some of the magic that colored my world when I was little.
The past few weeks hanging out with these kids has reintroduced some of that magic into my life. I see it brimming in the eyes of my three-and-a-half- and five-year-old, ready to spill out in sparkling rainbow swirls and fill up whatever room we’re playing in. I rediscover the simple joy of making dandelion crowns and pulling the bark off sticks and throwing stones in the water. I pretend and play and create and it takes no more thought or effort than climbing the tree or following the creek or finding a bucket to collect the purple berries on the ground because elves love berries and they’ll be getting hungry soon.
I like being an adult, or whatever 23 is. I like being able to drive and cook and drink beer, and I like having a realistic concept of time and understanding the value of hard work and appreciating the changes I see in myself and the world around me. But I want to think more like a kid. I want to always think a fart is hilarious and bubbles are endlessly entertaining. I want to say what I’m thinking and forgive immediately. I want to ask “why?” more. And I want to know and feel, even through all the adult crap that bogs me down, that life is joyful and silly and fun, and there’s magic in every room if you know where to look for it.
Sarah Mowery is the Podcast Marketing Editor for the Spark – Inspire Your Life Podcast and an avid podcast listener. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Sarah enjoys writing, playing outside, going to concerts, and anything else she can list here that will make you think she’s cool. Sarah is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher and a member of the assisting team at YogaSport in Dallas.