In my younger years I naturally embraced silliness. I skipped down the street, piggybacked unexpectedly on friends, made up games and generally giggled a lot. Somewhere along the way, perhaps as I grew older, I ceased being as silly. It happened so gradually that it took for me to reflect to notice it, but nevertheless it happened. I still had my silly moments of course, but they had become fewer and further between.
Although some might call this a natural progression when we age I was determined to regain some of my silliness that shaped my younger years. Silliness that created spontaneity, joy and a sense of wonder. After all I had known many people older than I who had retained silliness and embraced it well into old age.
I started skipping in the streets again and played practical jokes on friends. I felt lighter, more carefree and instantly happier. By embracing my silliness I had discovered that it was an essential part of what constitutes a playful life.
If, like me, you feel that being silly is the domain of the young rest assured nothing could be further from the truth. The hidden miracle of being silly is that, in your silly moments, you connect with your inner child and experience your youth all over again.
So embrace silliness today and connect to a younger, more joyful you. Not only will it lead you to a playful life but also to a more fulfilled, expressive existence.
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