Youth has no age.
As I have grown older I have learned that one of the secrets of sging is to grow younger mentally as your body keeps telling you that you are not a teen anymore. But if you can recapture the spirit of your youth when you did let boundaries hold you back you will find there is a lot out there for you to discover and enjoy. Here is a piece I saved to share with you someday that offers you suggestions and releasing that kid that is still inside you.
Rediscovering Your Inner Teenager
By Deborah Fike
I’m revisiting my youth in order to re-evaluate what’s possible and to encourage myself to try new things without fear. Here are ways that unlocking my inner teenager has made me stronger as an adult:
Tell Yourself that Audacious Goals are Possible
It’s easy to limit yourself as an adult because you have so many responsibilities. Limiting what you are capable of can feel comfortable, but it can also be confining. If you want to try something bold, tell yourself you can. Don’t let yourself make excuses. If you need inspiration, go online and see what other people your age are doing. I guarantee, whatever it is, an adult has accomplished what you want to try. So be inspired to try harder rather than give up before you’ve begun.
Rediscover Old Interests
I am an auditory learner, and music evokes many emotions and memories for me. Just listening to a song can transport me instantly back in time. I’ve made playlists of the music I used to love, and it really brings back those feelings of being a teenager. Picking up fiction writing has also been a surprise. I used to write just for fun, not because I wanted to be published or I wanted to make a career out of it. When I get discouraged or tell myself that writing is a waste of time, I push back on that with my teenage self and say, “Who cares? I just want to write, no matter where it gets me.”
Try New Things
One of the best pieces of advice someone gave me before I went to college was to try everything, to use college as a springboard into discovering who I am and what I like. I dropped that advice after I got my degree, but honestly, it’s good advice at any age. I’m trying new things, even if they scare me or I don’t think I can do it. I recently tried out to sing the National Anthem at a minor league baseball game, and they picked me to sing. This was not something I thought at all possible until I decided to just do it.
The most common teenage stereotype is one of rebellion, doing whatever they please. While you may not want to “stick it to The Man” anymore, social media makes it easy to feel like people are nit-picking your lifestyle. You might feel you are not supporting the right causes. You don’t parent the right way. You’re not pursuing the right goals. Take a page from your teenage self and ignore negativity. If you think you know what you’re doing, then do what you think is best, outside opinions be damned.
Keep an Open Mind
While this may seem at odds with the rebellious stereotype, teenagers are still young adults and thus, are susceptible to thinking about things in a new way. Don’t completely close yourself off from new ideas. If you are presented with a new idea that you haven’t thought about, really absorb that information. Maybe you don’t agree, and that’s okay. Or maybe you agree with part of the message. Allow yourself to change old opinions as you process new information, not because you are pressured into it, but because it makes sense given your worldview. And be compassionate to others when you can.
There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.
*Actual Elementary School Excuse Notes*
* “Jerry was at his grandmother’s yesterday, and she did not bring him to school because Jerry couldn’t remember where the school was.”
* “Ronnie would not finish his work last night. He said his brain was too tired of spelling.”
* “Eric hurt his knee in a karate tournament over the weekend. He won his age group, but was in too much pain to do his math assignment.”
* “Amy did not do her homework last night because we went out to a party and did not get home until late. If she is tired, please let her sleep during recess time.”
* “It was my fault Mike did not do his math homework last night. His pencil broke and we do not have a pencil sharpener at home.”
* “Scott didn’t practice last night because he lost his tooth in the mouthpiece of his trumpet.”
* “Diane was late on Wednesday. She fell asleep on the bus and was taken back to the bus yard.”
My girlfriend told me I should be more affectionate. So I got myself two girlfriends.
At a fancy reception a young man was asked by a widow to guess her age. “You must have some idea,” she urged when he hesitated.
“I have several ideas,” he admitted with a smile, “the trouble is that I don’t know whether to make it ten years younger because of your looks or ten years older because of your intelligence.”
Husband: You know, wife, our son got his brain from me.
Wife: I think he did, I’ve still got mine with me!
“The thrill is gone from my marriage,” Bill told his friend Doug.
“Why not add some intrigue to your life and have an affair?” Doug suggested.
“But what if my wife finds out?”
“Heck, this is a new age we live in, Bill. Go ahead and tell her about it!”
So Bill went home and said, “Dear, I think an affair will bring us closer together.”
“Forget it,” said his wife. “I’ve tried that…it doesn’t work.”
To handle yourself, use your head; To handle others, use your heart.
Two guys sit down for lunch in the General Motors office cafeteria.
The conversation goes like this…
“Hey, whatever happened to Bill in Engineering?” one asks. “I haven’t seen him around for awhile.”
“Oh, he got this hare-brained notion he was going to build this new kind of car,” his co-worker replies.
“Geez, how did he go about doing that?”
“Well, first he took a engine from a Firehawk, next a 6 sp. transmission from a Corvette, a Camaro body, seats from a Blazer, wheels and tires from a Caddy, and, well…… you get the idea.”
“So…. what did he end up with?”
“Ten to fifteen years!”
There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third one works.
My phone bill was past due and I needed to change my service, so I had to visit the local phone company office. The line wasn’t clearly formed, and there was an old man with a cane nearby me. It was unclear as to who was next.
When we got to the front of the line, the man gestured to me and said, “After you.”
I smiled at him and said, “No, please, after you. I have all day.”
The he said, “No. You go ahead. My doctor says I have at least six months.”
Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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