“The secret of genius is to carry the Spirit of the child into old age,
which means never losing your enthusiasm.” Aldous Huxley
We’ve all had the feeling of excitement of the new relationship, job, car, house- fill in the blank. At first, you are PASSIONATE, ENERGIZED, EXCITED! Life seems hyper-focused and magical! What is it that causes that to happen? And more importantly, what do we do when that magic disappears? When the sexy wears off?? Because, whether it’s the new job, relationship, WHATEVER, it WILL happen. Eventually the sexy wears off and we are left feeling bored, tired, uninspired. Humdrum even. The juice that was once there is gone.
So, the real question is- how do we keep the enthusiasm and joy in our everyday life? Is it even possible? It was definitely easier when my kids were younger. When your children are young you tend to view the world through their eyes. Everything is new. Around every corner is an adventure, something new to examine. And that’s exciting! Their curiosity seems unquenchable. There is so much to discover in a largely unexamined world. This sense of wonder, passion, and adventure is what keeps the magic going!
Disney, some would argue, is the most magical place on earth. You certainly can’t argue the creativity and imagination that went into everything that Walt Disney produced. Growing up in South Florida I spent many family vacations at Disney World. Naturally, when my own kids were young we took several trips to Disney World & Epcot. I can recollect a time standing at Epcot absolutely mesmerized by the street magicians and their trickery as they drew in the crowd and then captured us all one by one, keeping us spellbound with their show.
We are all enchanted by magic. I think that’s why JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series was so wildly popular. It was just so fantastical! You just didn’t know what was going to happen next! So what stirs up the magic in YOU? Music? Painting? Dancing? Surfing? Cooking? Hiking? Gardening? Reading? We all lose ourselves in SOMETHING! I believe the trick is in making time for those creative outlets that we love!