Today, leaving the gym, a little girl passed me. The girl was about 2 or 3. She had on a Mickie Mouse leotard and a gigantic smile. “Hi!” she shouted enthusiastically at me. I couldn’t help but smile. Kids are amazing. They aren’t worried about looking stupid or offending people. They don’t worry that they are incapable or that something is impossible, they go for it. They smile easily and laugh often. Wouldn’t it be awesome if adults were more like that?
What if, today, when you walked past someone, you looked them in the eye, gave them a big smile and said,”Hi?” Bonus points if you do it while wearing leotard and tutu. How might that change the world if we all acted a little more like children and a little less like stuffy old adults?
What if we approached health and fitness that way too? The other day a man told me his wife wanted to try yoga but she felt like she needed to lose a little weight and “practice” at home before she came to the gym to take a class. That made me so sad. I wish more people would approach health and fitness with a sense of playfulness. You don’t have to look a certain way or do the movements perfectly, just show up with a gigantic smile and give it a try.
Do you have obstacles that you could overcome by adopting the mindset of a child?