Lessons from a 2-Year Old

“Having a two-year-old is like having a blender that you don’t have the top for.” ~Jerry Seinfeld

There is a reason why it’s called the “terrible two’s”!  Children around that age can be rambunctious, messy, noisy, and just downright irritating.  But it’s safe to say that for every crazy behavior a two year old child exhibits, there is an equally adorable behavior.   Little children just have a pure energy that is like no other, and often times it is infectious.

If only we could all preserve that innocence and zest for life like we once had when we were young.  Nevertheless, the reality of adulthood sets in with each and every one of us as responsibilities and obligations accumulate.  Sometimes we may find ourselves experiencing feelings of nostalgia when thinking back to our childhood.

However, when we have children of our own we are reminded of just how wondrous, enlightening, and fun that time of life is.  Comedian and writer, Jason Good, recently featured an article titled, “Self-Help From a 2-Year Old”.  The article suggests that rather than just living vicariously through our children, we join them in their crazy, childish behaviors.  He put together 16 things which we can do, that are inspired by little children, to help break us free from our busy, serious, adult lives.

Here are a few of his delightfully humorous examples:

  • Challenge yourself every day. Try climbing the stairs carrying two soccer balls while wearing your father’s shoes. Remember, failure IS an option.
  • De-clutter! Start by throwing all your dishes in the garbage. After that I suggest toothbrushes and important paper work.
  • Pee on the floor and stomp in it like a puddle. You’ll be shocked how much better you feel.
  • Whether the glass is half empty or half full is irrelevant if you dump it out on the sofa. You’re welcome.
  • If you’re feeling aggressive, or just bored, scream in a cat’s face.
  • Socks are poison. Trust me, don’t wear them! Happiness will soon follow!
  • Pound on a computer keyboard like Jerry Lee Lewis playing the piano. Feel better? I thought so. Great Balls of Fire!
  • This might be a tough one, but you gotta trust me: Take a crap in the tub. It’s surreal.
  • Live in the moment because there is nothing else. Seriously, there isn’t. Not that I’m aware of at least.
  • If you’re gonna run, do it at top speed, man. Life is too short to walk in the mall.

You can read more of Jason Good’s 2-year old inspired self-help tips here.

And here are some beautiful quotes about children to bring an even bigger smile to your face!

“Children find everything in nothing; men find nothing in everything.”  ~Giacomo Leopardi, Zibaldone Scelto

“Women gather together to wear silly hats, eat dainty food, and forget how unresponsive their husbands are.  Men gather to talk sports, eat heavy food, and forget how demanding their wives are.  Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun.” ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

“A child is a curly dimpled lunatic.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Children need the freedom and time to play.  Play is not a luxury.  Play is a necessity.”  ~Kay Redfield Jamison

“While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.”
~Angela Schwindt