Below are some of the things we can learn from kids:
1. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, even when there’s not a prize in the bottom of the box.
2. Sometimes it’s best to be completely blunt with people, as you used to be with relatives who wanted you to do something embarrassing or tedious for a cheap prize.
3. Asking questions are how you figure things out, lots and lots of questions. Remember Einstein? He was a very curious kid.
4. When you get old, you might not have the same kind of friends that you used to have. The trick is to try to be the friend you were when you were 12: fun-loving and loyal, with no strings attached.
5. Playing is work. Approach your downtime with all the seriousness of a 5-year-old with a secret treasure map.
6. Real guys don’t dip their toes in the water to test the water if it is too hot or too cold. They jump right in.
7. Girls have cooties. Well, the ones you meet in certain bars do, anyway. And by cuties I mean AIDS/HIV/STI
8. You hated it when a grown-up told you, “We’ll see.” It’s still unacceptable. Don’t say it yourself.
9. The only way to know how something works is to completely disassemble it. (This is still good advice when tackling a complex problem.)
10. There’s a reason they don’t give credit cards to 8-year-olds. You’re supposed to save up money before you buy a new toy.
11. Your body was designed for running around, shooting hoops, and jumping off diving boards and stuff. In the secret language of children, the word “fitness” doesn’t exist. It’s called “having fun.”
12. Your world can be half-real and half-imaginary.
13. Homework blows. Bring work home with you and it’ll ruin your night. And your marriage. And your family. And your life.
14. Too much of anything will give you a tummy ache. Like, say, scotch or other alcoholic drinks.
15. If there’s even the slightest doubt, hit the toilet before you leave, so that you can prevent awkward situations where you’re in a hurry to go to the nearest comfort room.
16. The coolest adults were the ones who took the time to listen to you. You still want to grow up to be a cool adult, right?
17. Use adrenaline as your drug of choice. You don’t need beer, pot, or cigarettes to have a good time.
18. Kissing a girl on the cheek is a big deal. Kissing her lips is an even bigger deal. Seeing her naked for the first time is a major, life-altering event.
19. Going after a target in the urinal makes the time whiz by (trying to hit a target using your piss).
20. Seeing a thunderstorm roll in is better than watching TV. And rain isn’t something to curse, but to enjoy. Hurry up, before it clears.
In general, we tend to forget things that are important as we grow old. The best teachers for us to learn again are children.
Thank you for reading and God Bless!