I'll leave it for the time being for the humour of where a misguided idea can lead to an inevitable and disastrous conclusion...
I may reexamine it now or, maybe something else will lead my fingers to type some other ramble...
OK, I'm back. Hi!
I'm a big fan of keeping it simple so, to distill this inner child idea down I guess it is best summed up thusly:
Our inner child can be a help or a hindrance
in our everyday adult lives. To completely reject the child in us means we are not much fun. We lose spontaneity, passion, and the artist that lives within us all. I think suppressing our inner child means losing the best things that our lives have to offer. The dark side of our child however is the one we have to have the sit-down with.
When our child prevents us from moving beyond the negative experiences we grew up with and were incapable of rationalizing is when we potentially get tripped up. Adult issues require adult solutions. Childlike perspective does not always get the job done.
Have a food fight! lay in the sun and find funny shapes in the clouds! Manifest natural curiosity in "adult" adventures! It will all lower your blood pressure and lengthen your life! BUT, we do have commitments. We have to go to work, we have to pay the bills, and we have to resolve conflict rationally. that is where the child must be distracted for a time. Don't worry, the better we deal with the grown-up realities the more time we have to indulge all that is best about our inner child.
Like most things in our lives, it comes down to balance and moderation. That applies to eating, imbibing in the booze and other indulgences and most certainly a balance between being (ugh) an adult and letting loose the child within us all...WEEE!!
Remember what Jack Cornfied said? After the Ecstasy, There is the Laundry...
Now, go hug you child, give a big squeeze! Maybe even play some helicopter!!