Recently I discovered podcasts as a motivational tool for my running. It surprises me how much I enjoy them, considering that I don't have the attention span to listen to books on tape or NPR. But for whatever reason, podcasts are like mental Reese's cups for me.
So the other day I downloaded a few podcasts from Oprah's spiritual channel. Two of which were an interview with Rainn Wilson. You know Rainn, right? He plays the character of Dwight from The Office (love that show!)
Rainn is a member of the Baha'i faith. Prior to listening to this podcast, I knew nothing of Baha'i. Wikipedia says that the Baha'i faith emphasizes spiritual unity - there is an emphasis in the unity of God, the unity of religion, and the unity of mankind. So Rainn Wilson wanted to find a way to bring spirituality to people in their 20s and 30s. He wanted to create a place to ask life's big questions. To express spirituality through art and creativity.
This led him to found, with two friends, the website Soul Pancake.
Soul Pancake strives to dig deeper to discover what it means to be human. And one way it does this is by asking 'big' questions.
During the podcast, Rainn (my fingers just automatically want to type Dwight!) tosses a few of these questions at Oprah, one of which is "What do you miss most about being 5 years old?"
Oprah is caught off-guard. She doesn't really have an immediate answer to that.
So I thought about it.
What do I miss most about being 5 years old?
You know what I miss?
I miss that carefree excitement and thrill that came in each day.
The simplest things were blissful.
Coloring in a coloring book - okay, how boring is that now? As a Mom, I do this with Pierce, and I'm happy to do it because it brings him great joy - but seriously, sometimes it feels like maybe a few brain cells are dying a long, painful death in the unstimulating process of coloring in the lines. But when I was 5? It was thrilling. And Playdoh? Now Playdoh made for a great day! And furthermore, speaking of pancakes....how titillating was it on the rare occasion you got to eat pancakes! For dinner! With strawberries!
Good gosh, remember when every little part of the day was so new and exciting?
Before you were jaded by those 'seen it all before' glasses?
Before all the 'been there done that'?
I miss being 5 because that was a time when life was viewed through a kaleidoscope of constantly changing, colorful lenses where everyday was an adventure of excitement.
How about you? What do you miss about being five?