When was the last time you went out in the rain with a smile on your face, jumping and splashing around in puddles.? Many years ago (for some of us very many years ago) this was the best fun you could have.
Your parents struggled to get you in the house and out of the rain. So what happened? What changed? You got old and boring. Society told you it was no longer appropriate to be ‘seen’ playing in puddles.
There are many reasons and excuses for stopping doing something that you always loved â€“ the issues here relate to when it is someone else that has caused the change rather than your own personal choice.
I know in my life there are times when I have been told, taught, conditioned to do things a certain way- my late father had a phrase called “The Pagan way”. This was his way of getting us to do things ‘correctly’ in his eyes and the eyes of society, not necessarily how we wanted to do them. I don’t mean this as a parent bashing whinge, as so many of the things we learn as a child protect us for life from danger and problems and turn us into the strong characters that we are.
The question here is about understanding how these rules, scripts or conditioning hold back the real ‘person’ from breaking free and achieving all of their true potential. What comes naturally to you is often hidden away and not shared with others because of embarrassment, peer pressure or someone else’s self beliefs and all go to create our personal programming.
Look at the programmes on television where individuals have spent their whole lives refusing to ‘splash around in their puddles’ only to feel later in life that they have wasted so many years.
A parent, teacher or guardian may see a talent within, however because they do not know how to play football, sing and dance or grow an entrepreneurial business they are not the best to advise or steer you. Finding the best teachers and guides for your individual talent is part of life’s journey.
Who was it that taught you how to splash in puddles as a child? Or did it just come naturally?
Make a note of all the different things you do if you just went for it forgetting your personal conditioning and gave it a go.