Can I Go Back To Kindergarten?

6 Jan
2012

Growing up, I remember a book that my Mom had called All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten.  I’m sure everybody’s Mom had it back then, it was a pretty popular book. At its core it reminds us that all life lessons rooted from Kindergarten.

Be kind to others.

Share.

Don’t pick your nose in public.

Try to stay in the lines for the most part, but if you color outside occasionally, it is ok.

Listen.

To me the overall message seems like, life is simple, enjoy the small things, don’t sweat things too much, because after nap time all will most likely be forgotten. Have you ever seen two young kids arguing one minute, and laughing together the next? Most kids don’t hold grudges. As adults we really do have so many lessons we can learn from kids. I think that is one of the secret benefits of being a parent. Those lessons are thrust in our face on a daily basis.

The other great thing about kindergartners is that one wrong decision doesn’t have to determine the outcome of their life. A bully can learn to apologize and be a kinder gentler person. The bad traits aren’t so deeply ingrained and woven into their personality yet. A shy kid can make one new friend that brings out the inner version of them for the world to see. Maybe that new friend gives them just enough bravery and self-confidence that the next time they don’t feel so shy. Life is open and exciting.

Adults are so quick to allow the path they are already on decide everything. We fear that if we step off the path we are already on, no matter how broken that path is, we won’t find a new path.  Kids ignore the path. They hop, skip, leap around until they find a place they are happy.  When do we lose this?

As an awkward adult, I may need to take remedial kindergarten. I think I missed the day of school where they taught us how to make and keep friendships, and not take life so seriously. I almost always feel like it is the first day of school and I’m trying to impress people, make them like me. Instead of just being me and knowing that someone will relate. I get so stuck on my past indiscretions and awkward moments that they bog me down the next time, and it becomes an endless cycle of a self-fulfilling prophecy.

My path is bumpy and I think it is time to start forging a new one. Not far from this one, maybe right next-door.

Or maybe I’ll just go back to kindergarten.

This is FINALLY my 100th post. Yes, that took forever. I’m just excited to hit 100!

 

 

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  • http://mytimeasmom.com/ Jessica

    It would be nice to go back to living life like Kindergartners. And a daily nap would be a bonus. 

    • Anonymous

      I was just thinking that about the nap. I need one now. 

  • http://twitter.com/MadWomanDiary Mad Woman

    You know I bet you didn’t miss that day in Kindergarten when the taught us about making friends…its just we’ve just had so many bad teachers/classmates since that have taught us how NOT to.

    But I’m happy to go back with you. 
    And mostly because its still cool to wear multicolored striped knit pants there. Sigh.

  • Joni

    Love this, love YOU!

  • Susan Cooper

    Boy can I relate.  It is so easy to fall back into what should-a, could-a and would-a instead of what we can make of the new day.  We are all on a bumpy path and I applaud you for sharing what you share.  

  • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

    Hi, I just moved my blog to a new locations.  I would love it if you would come visit and subscribe.  Warm Regards, Susan
    Cooper

  • http://tidbitsparenting.blogspot.com/ OTandET

    god kindergarten is like 30 years ago. how did that happen? you’re right though, we never stop growing and changing and if we have the right attitude it really CAN be as simple as it is for kids to make changes in ourselves that will make us the best people we can be. it’s just super hard to remember that in the day to day. xoxo hope you can post again soon!

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