I’m a big kid. It’s no secret – everyone in my life knows it, and it doesn’t take anyone new long to figure it out. There are, of course, some serious things about me: I have a 1st class degree in Broadcast Journalism, which I achieved by analysing hard-hitting news and current affairs for three years, and when I’m presenting or working I am always professional. But as a human being, I believe that the meaning of life is to be happy, make others happy and have a whole lot of fun doing it. There’s nothing to be gained from being way too serious, right?
By and large, I refuse to believe that I’m too old for anything much. Ok, there are obvious exceptions – it’s important to know the difference between being childish (of which I’m not) and being young at heart (which I am) – but I always think that if your heart is telling you to put on your polka dot wellies, jump in puddles, buy a 99 ice cream with sprinkles, get home, put your unicorn onesie on and watch Despicable Me, it’s probably what your soul is calling out for, too.
I chose some specific examples for this post, which I think help to illustrate my point. Let’s take my favourite book, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – it’s the number one lesson in the art of nonsense and whimsy, yet underneath it all there are some valuable life lessons. I don’t think there’s a single person on this earth too old – or young – to get something out of Alice’s adventure. If you read the story as a child but haven’t picked it up since, I’d strongly urge you to grab a copy with both hands and hold on to the experience of entering that world as an adult.
Other items in my photos are more self-explanatory. I have a Hello Kitty phone case because I just love that damn cat (even though I’m not too keen on real cats…) – it’s a silly brand that makes me smile. That’s it, really! I even went as far as to venture to the Hello Kitty Cafe in Hong Kong when we visited last year, which was miles out of our way but totally worth it – we didn’t even eat there! Similar story with the UniKitty Lego keyring. I loved the movie, she was my favourite character, Tiz bought me this for Christmas last year. The unicorn horn lights up. It is pretty rad.
These earrings were bought for me by a new friend in my life, the lovely Laura. We only started hanging out a couple of months ago, as her husband and my fiancé worked together, and she surprised me by picking up these pink unicorn studs from Claire’s for me. It was an act of kindness that made me feel all warm and fuzzy, as it fits so closely with what I mentioned before about making others happy. I will wear them with pride!
Then there’s the other side of the coin. The physical items you choose to surround yourself with can say a lot about you, but your actions often speak louder. I refuse to believe that you’re ever truly too old to be anything you choose to be, whether that’s in the field of your work, hobbies, passions or dreams. Who is anyone else to say that it’s too late for you to be a musician, a dancer, an author, a teacher, a pilot, a politician or a movie star? True, some of those who achieve greatness in these arenas were given vast opportunities at an early age, but just because you weren’t it doesn’t mean that’s not your path. Your dreams don’t work unless you do, so grab the reins and just do it. We have one life, so what do you really have to lose?
On that note, it’s back to work on a project I’m very passionate about for me. I’ll be keeping my Hello Kitty phone by my side to read any comments you leave me, and I’ll be smiling all the way.