No matter how old we get, there will always be that little child in all of us. That wide-eyed younger version of ourselves bursting with creativity, hope, dreams, and magic.
Somewhere along the way, most of us lose touch with this inner child of ours. And we get stressed, lonely, and unmotivated. Why? Well… Life?
I mean, I always say this but, if you’ve lived for longer than 2 seconds, you’d know that you can’t always get what you want in life, and life just doesn’t always turn out the way you expect it to. This harsh reality of life, if not processed and digested properly, breeds apathy and therefore lack of imagination.
After going to therapy, journaling, and connecting with family and friends regularly, I am beginning to realize that I need to pay attention to my unmet needs as a child. So I started consuming more content that are gentle, light, happy, and kind (I LOVE Mister Rogers’ shows from the 80s. They are on Amazon Prime!). I have so many I’d like to recommend, but let’s start with these few books!
It is apparent that author Charlie Mackesy was so in tune with his inner child when he created this book. It’s filled with whimsical illustrations, wise words, and funny moments all delivered in a gentle voice. I see myself in all the characters here, but I am mostly the boy. Favorite quote:
“What do you want to be when you grow up?
“Kind,” said the boy.
Okay real talk, author Rachel Friedman gets me! Her concerns and questions when it comes to being a creative, are similar to mine. I used to sing and produce shows, and now I am a social media manager. She used to play viola when she was younger, she even made it to a prestigious art camp, but then life happened and now she is a journalist. Not that what we do now is “bad” or “less than”. It’s just different, and not really as “creative” or “artsy” as we had imagined our careers would be like.
I love that Friedman gets nostalgic in this book, walking down memory lane with her old art camp friends while exploring the idea of “making it”. She also evaluates what it actually means to be “a creative” —> Are you only a creative when you have a creative job? Is making it equal to winning an award?
Every woman I know has a somewhat complicated relationship with their mother. It might not be hostile, but it’s complicated. Why? Because we see ourselves in our mothers, and they see themselves in us. Expectations, demands, ego, pride, disappointments, joy, inspiration — a mother-daughter relationship is always a rich one. This book by the legendary Maya Angelou is such a sweet and REAL love letter to her perfectly imperfect mother.
This book is categorized as children’s book, but I feel like I need it for me. I bought it for J right before I moved out of the house, and oh my gosh! It touched my heart! J loves it too, and we have been reading it before bed this past week.
The illustrations are BEAUTIFUL, the issues addressed here are real, and the book teaches kids (and grown kids) to face their problems head on. I wish I had a book like this growing up!
I hope you enjoyed this list! I’ll post about more kind, gentle, inspiring TV shows and other media products next time. Until then, tell your inner child I said hi. 🙂 And that she or he is going to be okay.