Most of us feel that the simple carefree life that we had as children, ceases to exist outside of childhood, yet nothing can be further from the truth. Simplicity is something that belongs to everyone at any age, and once we accept this truth we are able to reconnect with that enduring carefree spirit of childhood.
To lead a simple life means to live a life of truth and honest self-expression. We don’t hide behind built up images of ourselves, instead, we embrace the truth in its fullness. When we carry around masks that we must put on for different audiences, we add a heaviness and complexity to our lives that was not there before. Something that is untrue has to be remembered to be sustained, remembering requires storage space in our heads, just like a computer. We are forced to store our fraudulent masks, and fetch them for the appropriate audiences at the appropriate time. We may collect so many masks that we run out of storage space and become disillusioned.
Seeing Through the Eyes of a Child
The best way to practice simplicity as an adult is perhaps to first embrace gratitude. When we become grateful for everything, we develop an awareness of all the things in our lives that allow us to be comfortable and experience meaningfulness: starting first with the gift of life. Just being alive means we have yet another chance to be better people, to slow down, and to give thanks. When we truly embrace all that we have, we discover the simplicity in enjoying a meal with our family or taking a walk: we can even enjoy the smell of rain and all the wonderful feelings it evokes.
Approaching Life with a Sense of Wonder
If we begin to approach many of the things that we do with that same magical sense of wonder, we discover more. We could be repairing a boat and need Attwood replacement parts, and our sense of discovery and wonder would help us to enjoy the repair process more: as we carefully put the parts together.
If we can learn to look at life with the same sense of wonder we had as a child we can often recapture those feelings of being happy in the simplest and most gratitude filled form. Any event can become a celebration as long as we are enjoying it and actively engaged. Much of carefree simplicity is simply the act of being mindful and present.