She said, “Every week we should take two uninterrupted hours to do whatever it is we want to do to feel like a kid again. I won’t interrupt you and you won’t interrupt me. It’s just our time for ourselves and we commit to doing it every week.”
First, you know that it’s easier to get things done when they’re scheduled.
Second, you also know that you’re frequently so busy that you forget to slow down, to dream, to visualize things you want in your life.
Third, you may have already given up on having the things you wanted to have when you were a kid.
It may be through no fault of your own – or maybe totally your fault – that you didn’t do the things you dreamed about when you were younger. Who cares?
Who cares who’s to blame?
Who cares if the time has long gone?
Focusing on these things – blame or regret – doesn’t move you closer to your goal. You get to decide what you’re going to do today.
I always loved music. I was obsessed with it as a kid. I wanted to play the guitar. I actually picked up a guitar when I was about 12 years old…for about two days. Then my fear got inside me and I convinced myself I couldn’t do it. I didn’t pick it up again for almost 30 years.
While I’m not a great guitar player by any stretch of the imagination, I can get from one end of a song to the other. Essentially what my wife has suggested by her reminder is that I take time to practice and play the guitar as if I’m 12 years old again.
Let’s not worry about judgment. Let’s not focus on mistakes. My job now is to try to muster the childlike wonder and patience to learn new techniques and new songs and feel the joy of being a kid.
What would you do if you had 2 hours a week to be a kid again?
Now open your calendar and schedule it. Talk to your spouse or partner or kids or parents and work out some arrangement to ensure that you have 2 hours of uninterrupted time every week and go after your dream.
My wife gave me a great gift this week. It was a reminder to be a kid. You can give that same gift to yourself.
Get the Nerve!