Never Growing Up: There Is a Kid in You

Stephanie - Pasadena, California
Entered on February 1, 2009
Age Group: Under 18

I believe that even as you get older and become an adult your inner child still exists and never dies. The inner child is just over shadowed by your growing older, but every now and again the child in you pops out and says, ‘Hello”.

There are certain places or times that make me feel like a kid again, and that is Disneyland. From the time I get into the car until we arrive at the theme park, I am jumping around like a jumping bean. When I get off the tram, and finally arrive at the entrance all the shops, crowds, smells and, attractions grab my attention. I have all of the sudden been lured in and feel like a little girl again.

As a little girl, I was always drawn to the Tiki room and Fantasyland. Now as I am older and I pass these attractions at Disneyland and I am drawn to them because I want to be like that little girl who got an amazing amount of joy from those areas. I am not the only one that feels like a kid again; grown ups also do. When I went to Disneyland and saw all of the people walking around in Disney paraphernalia and hats; it made me realize that they are being children again also. Guess what, my family is similar. My sister, dad, and I tried on those crazy hats and took a picture with them. Something about going on the tea cups, even though I am way past the height requirement makes me feel like a 6-year-old girl again when that was the only ride I could ride on. Disneyland is not the only place where you can feel like a kid again.

It is important to awaken this inner child in people because it helps you cope with stress and other emotions. This is an outlet for me. I feel like when I am being a child all of my problems or fears go away because of the inner child that has come out. It is also important when I take risks. The child within me helps me be able to conquer my fears associated with the grown up risks that I am taking.

I have seen this in many other people just by observing. No matter how old we get and how you change your hair, cloths, and attitude, friends or personalities, there is one thing that will remain the same and that is the child in you that never goes away. As we change through the years, this child will always be there waiting to say “Hello”.