Many of us look back at our childhood with fond memories. Remember when life used to seem so carefree and your only worry was to be home by the time the street lights came on, or remembering to get your chores done on time. Well, we got older, and for many of us life does not seem so fun and carefree anymore.
As adults, many of us have allowed our dreams to be tempered, or worse yet completely vanish.
Maybe a relationship we entered into ended and left us with a bitter taste of distrust. Maybe a 30 year marriage has ended because you both decided that you just grew apart and simply don’t want to be together any longer. No matter the situation, we do not have to let that divorce or past relationship define us and our future.
As a Christian man who experienced a divorce over a decade ago, I understand many of the challenges that come with this. Staying stuck in a rut and feeling paralyzed after a divorce does not have to be the norm.
One exercise that may be beneficial to get you moving into the future that you deserve might be to remember back to your childhood days. I am not promoting the idea of reverting back to your childish ways or behavior, but I am promoting the idea of remembering the things that brought you joy and excitement as a child. This may get some of your creative juices flowing again and bring to remembrance a passion of yours from the past that you may want to reignite.
Maybe you enjoyed school and want to pursue a higher education. Maybe music is a passion that you have buried over the years. Consider the various ways that you can let music bring joy back into your life again. If physical health is something that you highly value and are passionate about, join a running or cycling club.
Whatever your passion may be, I recommend that you do as the Nike motto says and “Just Do It”.
Also, consider the fact that it will be helpful to surround yourself with like-minded people who share some of the same passions as you do. Remember that passions create visions, and visions lead to actions, and actions lead to growth. But never forget to ask yourself, “What am I growing in to?”