The adult world sure is awesome. We’re empowered to do the things we’ve always wanted, with little to no supervision, ensured by the sense of fulfillment when you’re through with it all. But wouldn’t it be nice to take it back to a time when we refused to take naps because we had heaps of carpe to our diem? We had castles to build, galaxies to explore, and acres upon acres of land to dig our toes into.

Some of us groan at the alarm we set on Monday mornings, refuse to function before coffee, become hysterical in the middle of traffic, and can barely handle tax season. It’s unsettling to see the peace and freedom that a child contains because we covet that life.

But does being all grown up mean we lose the kid in us, too? We’ve listed three, out of the many things that we can learn from children, which when internalized can spill over to our career, relationships, and daily living.

Not being afraid of getting dirty

As adults, we cringe at the stains on our children’s clothes because we already predict the hassle we have to endure to remove them. But these children explored their afternoon out. They were wrestling in the mud, catching frogs or butterflies, or building sand castles, playing house. They are quick to act on what they want because they are fearless. They haven’t learned to fear puddles, germs, or cruel playmates. They act on what their gut wishes even if that means getting dirty once in a while, because fulfillment does have a price.

Vulnerability 

Children are in touch with their emotions. They celebrate when they are happy and they grieve when they are in sorrow. They call out on things as they are because they allow themselves to experience them as they are. They are willing to submit themselves to situations, both good and bad, because they don’t know everything yet. And they admit to that. They admit to not knowing all of life’s crevices but that doesn’t intimidate them. Instead, they grab it by the horns and let it teach them.

Ceaseless wonder

Everything is awesome to a child’s eye. They have a deep appreciation for what is around them and what else could be possible. They thrive in the present as much as they do in the future. They treasure the little things, the big things, and never fail to run out of gratitude and wonder. Each corner is an opportunity and an adventure waiting to be discovered. A lawn can become a battleground, a pool can become the Pacific Ocean, and a shower can become the heavens blessing us with rain. Children commit to a more colorful perspective, a perspective that never tires them out but instead injects them with more zest.

We can’t remember when we forgot to keep these things, or when we decided we didn’t need them. But there sure are a lot of wisdom hidden behind the smiles of children.