When most people think of learning, they think of schools, teachers, and homework. What most people fail to realize is that all around us are some of the best teachers in the world…babies. While there are tons of things that can be learned from these tiny teachers, here are 3 things that I feel everyone will find useful.
1. Don’t be afraid to fall. Babies are fearless! When they first start trying to walk, babies will fall over and over and over. However, everytime they fall, they get right back up and try again. Not only do they try again, but they do so with a smile on their face. As we go through life, we lose sight of the fact that it is ok to fall. Falling is not failing, it’s growth. When you venture out and try something new, you are going to fall. That doesn’t mean that you aren’t capable of what you set out to do. It just means that you are growing and until you reach your goals, you are going to fall. So dust yourself off, put on a big smile and get ready to fall over and over again until you start walking.
2. Be yourself. As I watch my daughter grow up, I see just how comfortable she is in her own skin. She isn’t worried about how she looks when she wakes up in the morning. She doesn’t worry about what people think about her as she drools all over the place and stumbles around the house falling every few steps. She is completely comfortable just being who she is. We adults have lost that as time as gone on. We start to judge ourselves and let the judgements of others affect us. Day after day we repress our true selves in order to please those around us and protect our ego. But at what cost? We don’t experience the pure joy that babies experience and we go through our lives constantly stuck in our own heads. Let go of all of the things that keep you constantly judging and criticizing yourself and enjoy life like all the babies around the world do…just be you.
3. Live in the moment. One day just sit down and watch a baby play for about 10 minutes. What you will notice is that they are completely in the moment. They do exactly what they feel right there in that moment. If they want to smile, they smile. If they feel like crying they cry and they cry very loud…trust me I know. Us adults think we are living in the moment but we aren’t. We have to read self help books and meditate and constantly remind ourselves to be present here and now. To me, if you get to that point, you’re already not in the moment. Babies don’t have to remind themselves to be present, they just are. We need to do the same and in doing so we will see the quality of our lives and our experiences grow tremendously.
There is so much more that I’m learning from my daughter and I’m enjoying the many lessons that I’ve learned and the many more to come. Take some time out of your day here and there and pull out a notebook and learn from nature’s tiny teachers. It will be the best education you’ve ever gotten and it’s a lot cheaper.