As I sit chilling in a cafe, my eyes are drawn to watching a young family.
Husband and wife with baby of around six months old, and I can't take my eyes off this womb tugger! As I watch her, I notice she has the face of a young girl, as in, you kind of know what she'll look like when she is in her twenties...
and almost who she'll be; certainly, who she has the potential to be.
She rubs her face, demonstrating she's getting a bit tired, then looks around the room with curiosity, and whenever she catches the eye of another her face lights up, like she is SOOOOO pleased to see you.
She doesn't save this smile for anyone in particular - parents and strangers alike, we are all worth smiling at in her eyes.
She has not learnt to be reserved, she hasn't learnt fear or judgement, she has no awareness of her own appearance, and she doesn't care, and without exception, every person who catches her smile, is compelled to smile back.
For one moment, she has broken their bubble, taken them out of their thought process, and allowed them to share a smile.
This got me thinking about how things change, from learning to smile, to learning not to - so here are the top 30 things we can learn from children and implement in our lives as adults - 1) Be curious 2) Have fun 3) Laugh at silly things 4) Dance like no one is watching 5) Believe in magic 6) Smile at strangers 7) Think outside the box 8) Remove the box 9) Give yourself rewards for doing good stuff 10) Tell others about your daily achievements 11) Be creative 12) Take pleasure in the simple things 13) Cry for five minutes...
then move on 14) Play 15) Learn something new every day 16) Love 17) Be amazed 18) Speak the truth 19) Make your feelings known...
then move on 20) Accept yourself and others 21) Know what gives you comfort 22) Sleep if you need to 23) Eat if you need to 24) Share 25) Don't be afraid to ask for what you want 26) Don't take no for an answer/be persistent 27) Let yourself be loved 28) Learn good manners (but burp/parp if you REALLY have to!) 29) Get messy 30) Respect and learn from your elders