My social media and online name is txmischief, which is a nod to the mischievous 13-year-old boy that lives inside me. Spending several days with my niece recently has me thinking about that little guy and his influence on me.
Why isn’t he a 13-year-old-girl, you might ask. I’m all for empowering girls (just ask my three super smart, strong, and confident nieces). However, I grew up with two brothers and lots of male uncles and cousins doing guy things, so I lean towards quite a few things that are considered traditionally masculine. I really like sports, James Bond, horror and sci-fi flicks, fast cars and driving, air racing, roller coasters, and gaming too. Pokémon Go, anyone?
Now that you have the back story, let’s get to the wisdom I’ve gained from the boy.
- Make time for fun. You’ll never regret it.
- Challenge yourself to step outside your comfort zone. It can be a real rush.
- Pushing the boundaries of the rules a little can be a good thing. Just don’t go too far or there could be consequences!
- Have ALL of the feelings! Don’t temper or sanitize them. Let them loose and experience them fully. (Inside Out)
- Sleep is a really good thing. How else will you have enough energy for your next adventure and be at the top of your game?
- Go play, preferably out in nature. Your best thoughts and ideas frequently happen when you’re engaged in creative playtime. #FindYourPark (US National Park photo galleries)
- Cherish your best friends and shared experiences with them. They’re worth more than all of the gold in Gringotts.
- “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” – Yoda (more Yoda quotes)
- Engage in mischief, tomfoolery, and shenanigans, but use caution, because they either lead to gales of laughter or really bad things happening.
- Play music loudly and dance, sing along, or tap on something with abandon. Sometimes, a body just needs to let go and express itself.