We have become so accustom to playing with the word, adulting, that it should be in the dictionary. I've checked ... it's not .. yet! Today I had a typical adulting vs the inner child kind of day and I didn't realize it while it was playing out.
Thanks to a chat with a good friend, I had such a profound realization, which helped turn a seemingly dismal day into a great one. My passion for life stems for the joy of being a business woman and I love what I do. Besides wishing I had more time to write, my career is right on track. I am grateful to have the passion and natural ability to steer my social media business in the right direction. The business owner in me knows that there are good and bad days. The business woman in me knows that there are emails, phone calls, conversations which no one wants to have, but which is part of business. The adult in me knows I can handle them, but my inner child does not want to. No one's inner child wants to. Like gravity though, we have that little person inside of us, whether we acknowledge it or not.
It helps to acknowledge it though, because there is inner strength in consciously growing. I know, the inner child doesn't like that growing stuff either, but as I was reminded today, no one likes the uncomfortable situations, but that is where the growth happens. If you told me I could remain the small business person I was or sometimes still feel, or I could face the challenges and allow my inner child to toughen up and be bold and brave ... I would choose bravery every time.
The real gem in this is how you nurture that inner child when it doesn't want to adult. A friend of mine once gave me big girl panties. They were huge and they were ugly, but I pulled them out of my drawer often. It was fun to take a look at them and then try do something brave and I think my inner child truly like that. There is a part of us who wants to know that it's okay to do the adult thing, but we have to acknowledge that part and we don't do that nearly enough.
It's time for that to change. It's time to be gentler with ourselves and to be kind to the fears because they aren't coming from the grown up. They are coming from the little you. How do you handle a scared little human around you? Ask yourself that and try be a gentler on yourself. I do believe there is amazing growth and higher highs to reach when we do.
For the vlog linked to this post, watch: Project Me Vlog Day 225