I have never been more in love with little humans than I am right now. With group hugs like this one. With friendship bracelets made me these stinkers. With pictures colored by these tiny creatives.
My heart is slightly exploding with love. My mind is slightly exploding with full circles moments. My gut is slightly filled with many butterflies.
I've always loved kids, but I've loved kids because they are cute and they say the darnest things. I now have a new found love for them. Sure, they are still cute and they definitely still say the darnest things but they also have a lot to teach us adults (or adult wannabes).
Little humans are bold. They are fearless beyond belief. They wear their hearts on their sleeves. They are honest and to the point. They are resilient. They are relentless. The show love more than anyone I know. They color outside the lines.
They are bold because they don't give a hoot what the consequences are. They are fearless because they haven't encountered a reason to be scared. The wear their hearts on their sleeves because they want to feel loved in every way. They are honest and to the point because they have no filter yet. They are resilient because they bounce back like jumping beans. They are relentless because they do anything they can to get whatever they want. They show love in such an open way because they have never been heart broken before. They color outside the lines because society has yet to tell them they have to be perfect.
I think we need to rewind our years. I think we need to take a step (many many steps) back and remember what it was like not to worry. To not worry what others thought of us. To not worry what we think about ourselves. It's a powerful thought.
Take yourself back to when you were in pre-school. When your teacher told you to draw a picture. When the picture was finished, it was butt ugly. The people were stick figures, their skin was probably purple, we couldn't find a yellow crayon so the sun was lime green, the flowers were more colorful than you've ever actually seen with your eyes, and our houses were one dimensional boxes. But, you brought this picture home and mom and dad loved it. They looked at it, smiled and hung it on the fridge for all to see (some of your moms probably have it saved in the closet in a box to this day). They were so proud of you and their little Van Gogh. More importantly though you were proud of you. You were beaming.
I got to witness this first hand this summer when I worked with pre-schoolers at summer camp. I'm not going to lie I have been in such a deep trance from them all summer long. What I am trying to say is witnessing these littles create their own little master pieces and watching them use their imagination on such deep levels has been extremely eye opening. They do this because they aren't afraid to show who they truly are. They aren't afraid to share their hearts with you. They don't check any of societies boxes because the only boxes they are trying to check are theirs.
If you want a confidence boost walk into a room of pre-schoolers. Let them give you the smallest biggest group hug. Let them tell you that you are their "best forever friend forever." Let them give you a million high fives, call you pretty, say you are kind, and that they love you.
My heart is so full because of these little people with their big hearts. I look forward to working with this age more because I am genuinely learning the most for being around them. My advice to you is start with being bold and work your way down. Give people all of you because what do you truly have to lose?