As I scroll through my facebook newsfeed over the past few days, it's awash with "back to school" photos. Proud parents marking those moments of their offspring as they start school for the first time, return to a new year, new teacher and a new class, or embark on "Big school".
Thinking back I recall that new school year feeling. New uniform, new shoes, more often than not a fresh haircut. There was most certainly a new pencil case and pens and pencils. Each new year had both an excitement and it's fair share of anticipation... What would have changed? Would their be new people joining our class?
There would also be the unbeatable moment of writing on the first blank page of a fresh new exercise book. Do you remember baking your books in that first week back? Back in the day for me it was leftover wallpaper!
I wonder, how often do we have equivalent moments of childlike wonder now that we're adulting? Maybe if you start a new job, or at the start-up of a new business perhaps?
A friend of mine always says that September feels like a new year to her, as her children return to school , she says it always feels like a new start for her too. Funnily enough as I write this we have just had a new moon in Virgo in the early hours, brining us the perfect time to set our intentions, plant new seeds of ideas and with the help of Uranus to bring innovation into our lives, we can certainly expect the unexpected.... how exciting!
If you were to approach today just like your first ever day at school, with the curiosity and innocence of a playful child, what are the endless possibilities of creative ideas you could come up with? A fair few I dare to guess.
Life adulting can get all too serious, especially with the experience of the past 18 months ...So, why not harness the energy of innocence and childlike wonder today? How might a curious child look at the World? What would you create for yourself? What big crazy ideas could you have?
You know, those little children, they're playful,inquisitive, they live in the moment (that's why days seem as long as year to a 5 year old) .... that's their natural state. They have boundless energy and enthusiasm... oh and they take a nap when they need to.... we kind of forget that, children listen to the innate wisdom of their body, when they need to refuel, go to the loo, nap.... play.... it sounds pretty obvious, but as adults we suppress many of those natural needs.... the amount of managers and leaders I train that don't take a lunch break, go all day without drinking any water, realise that they have got to the end of the day when they really needed the loo hours ago (seriously).
So today I urge you to get in touch with that childlike wonder, if you imagine you were turning that page on a brand new exercise book, how would you make your mark?