If you were asked to go back and look at your childhood, what’s your first reaction? Is it one of these?
- oh no, we’re going to dig up all my problems
- Is this about finding parents at fault for where I am today?
- I don’t like the sad memories.
- I don’t want to go there.
As a coach, I notice this sort of reaction regularly when I invite people to explore their childhood. And so, I’ve learned to clarify my idea as quickly as I possibly can – stating that we are doing something very different from the preconceived notion that exploring our childhood is a hard, sad, difficult thing meant to ‘fix’ us. Instead of searching out problems, we are exploring passions and strengths. Because, as a kid, we knew.
As children, we were drawn to our passions, and wanted so much to use our strengths. We arrived on this earth knowing this stuff.. we just lost track of it in this world of people teaching us to ‘fit’. That’s whats sad.
Because of the negative concepts that ‘exploring childhood’ brings up, it is easier to do (and oh so much fun!) with a life coach. But if you are on a mission of self-discovery, remind yourself often of this: Exploring your childhood isn’t about fixing you, it’s about reconnecting with the brilliance of you! Find your way to do that playfully, creatively, and joyfully.
This work(play!)book “Did you love aliens? – a first step guide to exploring your passions and gifts” is a great tool for discovery. Its one of the series called “When I grow up I want to be a Novel.” www.musingsandmud.com/workbooks.html