Week 10 - Grow Up

Many of us found our best artistry and expression as children. We played freely and without self consciousness.

We willingly lost time to our instinct and the desire to create. We didn’t judge our creations but rather made one and then moved onto the next.

At some point, we traded our free expression with responsibility and hard work. As we moved into our adulthood we left behind the sweet liberation of our true nature. We long for the moments when we can feel this again. Sometimes we find it while on set, or in a dark theatre rehearsal or on vacation. We long for it. We crave it. Perhaps this missing of our childlike qualities is the thing that can sometimes get confused with being childish.

A child is one who needs to be taken care of. A grown up is the one taking care. Many of us seek agents like parents — a benevolent and loving mother or father figure who will meet and take care of our needs. We can play and create and imagine while they do all the heavy lifting and pay the bills. It is not so. We have to be willing to both GROW UP and also retain our childlike joy.

“Embracing the fear of freedom, deciding to determine your own path is the work of a grownup, of someone who can identify what truly matters. Being a grownup has nothing to do with how old you are — it’s a choice, one that some people never get around to making. The productive grownup stops waiting for help and contributes instead.” —Seth Godin

You have something to give. Your talent was bestowed upon you. No one else got it. The way you talk, smell, feel, express. If you don’t give it, it will be lost to the world for ever. This planet is spinning in space and is billions of years old. Somehow you arrived here and you arrived exactly as you are. When the Universe needs something, that thing gets created as the solution to the missing element or problem. That is YOU. That is your talent and your body and your life.

It is time to grow up. To accept your mission. To know you are here to GIVE something, not only to sit placidly and ask the world to give to you. And the calling, it is answer the vocation of our life with JOY.

“There is a huge difference between being childlike and childish. When we embrace joy and look at the world with fresh eyes, we’re being childlike. When we demand instant gratification and a guarantee that everything will be okay, we’re only being childish.” — Seth Godin

The world is ours to create. When we step into our creative power we become the parent of something. Of our talent and expression. It is our gift. It is the payoff of maturity. “Every part of you was lovingly planned” — Panache Desai

Your turn.

Natalie

Jen Rudolph