A dear friend and I took our “inner children” on a date to the dollar store this week. It was awesome. My little one ran all over the store, picking things up and putting them down, and coming home with all kinds of treasures: gold and silver metallic pens, butterfly stickers, a notebook with a cool design, some pretty-patterned shelf liner, glue, poster board… we were planning an art project, see. About rhythm and flow, and patterns, and growth.
I wanted to create something to capture the energy I’ve been living in for the last week or two; something I can look at and connect back into the life and passion I’m feeling right now. And the journey of it – from being so stuck in the ideas of “good” and “bad” – the whole world in black and white, and then beginning to mix the two together; to play with light and dark and find pretty, pretty patterns…to a burst of Technicolor, Wizard of Oz style. Where the colors I nurtured in secret are suddenly reflected everywhere…as within, so without.
And of course, I wanted my little one involved in this project. Because my little one is so creative. Where I would walk through the dollar store focused on mason jars and drinking glasses, she looks at ordinary objects and sees potential in them. She doesn’t see a shelf liner, she sees a pattern and texture she wants to play with. She doesn’t see dinner plates, she sees something that can be broken into beautiful pieces. She has innocence – something I was once afraid I lost forever. Turns out you can’t lose it…it just gets buried sometimes.
That sort of innocent, curious, potential-seeing attitude is exactly why I need my little one on board for an art project, and having her on board in my life is part of why I’m experiencing so much flow and aliveness right now. For a long time, I didn’t have access to my own youthful innocence. I had to cultivate a relationship with my inner child – to spend time with her, to make promises and keep them – before I found my ability to really play, to really create.
Having access to the inner child energy just makes life a lot more fun!
I highly recommend it. Maybe you’re someone who has a rockin’ relationship with their inner little one, or maybe you’ve never met… either way, I’d love to invite you into the experiment: take your little one on a date to the dollar store this week. Maybe it’s art supplies, or toys, or nail polish…I defy any inner child not to find at least one treasure in a dollar store. And of course you’ll buy it. It only costs a dollar.
If you do go, post pictures of your treasures in the comments below! I’d love to see what you find. 🙂