At five years old, we’re innocent and protected with unencumbered minds.  Eventually we grow up and take off into the world on our own and our childhood way of thinking begins to fade.

We’re older and wiser now, but we shouldn’t forget what we wanted when we were children.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? What were three reasons you wanted to be this? I wanted to be a fireman when I was a kid.  The three reasons were:

  • I wanted to drive the big fire truck with all the sirens and flashing lights.
  • Firemen helped people and I wanted to help people.
  • As a five year old, it looked like a really fun job.

My guess is a lot of you never ended up doing your childhood “dream job”.   As I got older my dream of being a firefighter slipped away.  However, it’s not so important that I didn’t get to be one or that you didn’t grow up to be a cowboy, a princess, police officer, or a TV star.

What’s important are the three reasons you wanted to be that when you grew up.

I wanted to drive a big fire truck as a kid.  Now I’ve never driven a fire truck, but I do have a big brown RV that I love to hit the road in.  A fire fighter does help people and I personally enjoy helping people retire early.  Being a fire fighter looked really fun.  Right now, I’m having a blast.  Do you see where I’m going with this?

Life is about the why.

I never got a chance to be a fire fighter, but I am living out the all the reasons I wanted to be one.  I enjoy driving, I’m helping people and I’m having fun.

I think the five year old me would be pretty proud to see how I’ve turned out.

How about you?  Do you still listen to your five year old self or has that voice faded away?  Think back to what you wanted to do… and WHY.  Let it light a spark in you again.

Five-year old’s think in words like fun, cool, play, run and jump.  As adults we think in words like obligations, deadlines, stress and accountability.  As a kid we had it all figured out because all we wanted to do was have fun.  As adults all we do is work.

Do you think your five year old self would be proud of you?

Have you given yourself enough time to have fun?

If not, isn’t it time to change that?

Live free my friends