Think Like an Eight Year Old

Sarah is never quiet.

Her mind whirls from exciting question to exciting question, from new fact to new fact, from a joke that makes her laugh to a song that makes her sing. She leaps from thought to thought with wild abandon, sometimes starting sentences in the middle, assuming that all of us have gone with her on the creative journey through her mind.

Her day consists of endless “What if . . . ” questions?

  • What if a dog could hang upside down?
  • What if I couldn’t go to school for a month?
  • What if I put my stool on top of three pillows, could I stand on it?

Or sometimes the endless “Why . . . ” questions?

  • Why do dogs have to be color-blind?
  • Why did they use a metal container for those flowers? Is it really a watering can?
  • Why do I have to go to bed when I’m not even tired?

Every minute of Sarah’s day contains a new adventure or story, with Sarah as the star. Everyone around her becomes a part of the story, from her parents, to her dogs, to her imaginary friends.

Jasper wearing a stuffed dog, thanks to Sarah.

Jasper and Sarah, best friends.

 I want to be just like her.

Think about it, my brain moves just as quickly, filled with the clutter and detritus of the complexities of life. I jump from one question to another, and one concern to another, in reckless abandon. I even talk to my dogs and sometimes people who are not there. But, the difference is that, with Sarah the momentum of her life is filled with joy and imagination. With me, the speed of my brain is filled with worry and concern, which doesn’t lead to a lot of imagination.

So I have a wish for you, my fellow bloggers, and myself for today. Today I would like you to THINK LIKE AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD and see where that takes you.

I look forward to the adventure!

29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Taochild
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 08:43:19

    I have always believed that the worst thing we can do to ourselves is suppress the child inside. Children are our true selves minus self imposed (or maybe societally imposed) filters. If we can learn to shed the filters again … well …


    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Oct 04, 2011 @ 08:54:02

      I used to be able to do it much more easily. I’ll find my way back to that one of these days.


  2. bornstoryteller
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 09:15:57

    k..1st, that first picture just made me smile. Thanks

    I always think like an 8yr old..that’s why I get yelled at by my 27 year old daughter. Sigh..where did I go wrong?


    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Oct 04, 2011 @ 09:22:35

      It is a cute picture. Don’t worry, your daughter will recognize the wisdom of your ways once she gets into her 30s. I think everyone in their 20s tries harder to prove they are adults, but eventually they come to realize it isn’t worth it. 😉


  3. I Choose Happy Now
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 09:33:19

    Hi Lisa! Isn’t childhood the best?



  4. Hilary Clark
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 10:00:03

    Your daughter is adorable.

    I try daily to think and act like a child, but those darn adult responsibilities keep getting in the way. Thank you for your post because it reminds me that it’s still possible to channel the inner child even with those responsibilities.


  5. Tori Nelson
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 10:24:44

    What a perfect message. We manage to complicate things the older we get, when life really can be as simple as childhood in a lot of ways 🙂


    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Oct 04, 2011 @ 10:56:24

      Of course, childhood isn’t that simple anymore, but we could all benefit from a little more simplicity.


  6. thelifeofjamie
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 10:35:17

    If I think like an 8 year old, I might be more inclined to eat ice cream for breakfast…sounds like a good day to me!


    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Oct 04, 2011 @ 10:55:37

      Well, I’ve already eaten breakfast, but ice cream for lunch sounds good. Or maybe pie. Oh yes, pie it is. Yay!


  7. DesiValentine
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 13:01:42

    I look after kids for a living, and our best days are the days when I can stop being a grown-up and let them take me along for the ride. Thanks for the reminder!


  8. TheIdiotSpeaketh
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 13:18:40

    Are you kidding me? I AM an 8 year old! (Trapped in this old dudes body!) Wonderful post Lisa! You are so right. Looking back at how young kids look at life and the world is amazing….and so much fun. Getting to be an adult, in many ways, is a downer. I try every day to hold on to my inner 8yr old….. Your daughter is a real cutie! 🙂


    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Oct 04, 2011 @ 14:11:25

      Right now I feel like I have an 80 year old body . . . but at least I have a cute daughter. 😉


  9. nrhatch
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 14:05:47

    We do NOT stop playing because we get OLD . . . we get OLD because we stop playing.

    Be Here Now!


  10. k8edid
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 17:55:21

    I love to ask “what if” and “why” questions, or even an occasional “why not” when explained to me that I can’t have or do something.

    I once told my mother I would eat M&Ms for dinner and make a cake and eat all the batter without baking it. I’ve done the first, but not the latter. Although it does still sound good!


    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Oct 04, 2011 @ 17:57:44

      I think “what if”, “why” and “why not” questions are great sources for stories and ideas, if I would only pursue them. M&Ms and cake batter for dinner sounds like heaven. Salmonella scares be damned, there is still nothing better then licking the spoon when you are making something decadent.


  11. thepetalpusher
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 19:31:42

    Lisa–since I teach ESL primary school, I hear the What Ifs and Why Nots all day long! They keep me on my toes actually! I do act childish quite frequently–because I do it to make the kids laugh–because I do it because I can’t help myself!


    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Oct 04, 2011 @ 19:34:39

      In my opinion, the best teachers are the ones who teach from the inner child within, and don’t always act like strict adults. Especially when you are working in ESL. I’m sure many of my students (when I taught English in Japan) learned more from me because I had fun while I taught them.


  12. mzem
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 20:16:43

    What a wonderful post and sharing those cute pictures. I have to remember to be that child. It doesn’t come every day but I see her in moments when Mother Nature has put me in awe.


    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Oct 04, 2011 @ 20:59:52

      There is something about crunching through piles of leaves or falling down in the snow to make snow angels that brings our the child in all of us.


  13. Mark Petruska
    Oct 05, 2011 @ 01:35:06

    The funny thing is, my son was also very much a “what if?” person at that age. I always thought he’d outgrow it, but here he is, 16 now…and still bombarding me with “what if?” questions all the time.

    I don’t know if that’s good or bad!


    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Oct 05, 2011 @ 07:32:03

      I think it is a good thing. People who ask “what if?” or “why?” don’t accept the status quo, so they go on to make the world a better place. Whether they are scientists, writers, teachers or something else, asking questions opens the mind to creative thinking. We don’t have enough of that in the current state of our world.


  14. Kathryn McCullough
    Oct 05, 2011 @ 18:11:36

    I’d love to think like your Sarah any day and every day!


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