Monday, 4 September 2017

The Importance of Releasing Your Inner Child


I know that as a 30 year old woman, I often get judged for my love of all things Disney and Harry Potter.  People might not outright say anything to me, but I see the looks when I say I've watched the latest Disney release at the cinema, have started re-reading the Harry Potter series for the 847568 time, or mention that I've booked my next Disneyland trip.

I'm lucky in that I don't really care what people think about my interests and hobbies.  I like what I like, and as long as what I'm doing brings me joy and isn't impacting negatively on other people's lives, why should other people concern themselves with that?  And if people are concerning themselves with how I choose to spend my time, well, that's there problem, not mine.

However, I know there are so many people out there who feel like they do have to hide their true selves in fear of being judged by those around them, which is why I feel obliged to write this post, and to make people understand why releasing your inner child is so important from time to time.

When I was growing up, I was a bit of an outsider in school.  I was lucky in that I found a whole bunch of other outsiders, and we kind of stuck together and found a really amazing friendship group as a result, but we didn't go unnoticed by the bullies.  I've always prided myself in being a little different and not giving in to peer pressure.  The most stand out thing about me at school I would say was my obvious difference in taste of music to most of my peers.  Whilst they were going crazy over the latest chart toppers, I had the likes of Green Day and Metallica plastered all over my exercise books and folders, and almost on a daily basis people liked to make fun of me for this (Until Green Day had a second surge of popularity with American Idiot then suddenly EVERYBODY loved them!).  Most of the time I could let these comments bounce off of me, but I'm only human, and some days they would get under my skin.

It was on these days that I let my head escape elsewhere.  I feel so lucky in that I essentially grew up with the Harry Potter books, and pretty much throughout all of my school life, when I needed to I knew I would be able to escape to Hogwarts for a few hours when my real life school situation was starting to get me down.

I look back on those times fondly, picturing a miniature me tucked away into a corner of my bedroom completely and utterly engrossed in the Wizarding World.  Escaping the struggles of real life for a few hours and embracing a whole other world.

When I think back to those times, I get a sense of nostalgia and comfort.  Allowing myself to continue to be engulfed in these worlds full of magic and fantasy even as an adult allows me to feel that wonderful childlike innocence again from all those years ago.  It takes me back to a time when my problems were simpler, my mental health was in far better shape, and to a time when no matter how much people tried to drag me down, I always managed to bounce back again.

When I immerse myself in that world, for a short time I'm transported back to being that young girl again.  For a short while I'm no longer the Siobhan who lost her Mum nine months ago, and gained a whole load of baggage at the end of the most traumatic event of her entire life that she's still trying to figure out how to handle.  I'm young Siobhan, full of wonder and awe, who couldn't give a damn what anybody else thought about her.  The girl who embraced life despite the hardships.  Releasing my inner child from time to time helps that younger version of me live on inside, and keep fighting for what I want, despite the added weight that I bear on my shoulders now.

Yesterday I went to the Harry Potter Studio Tour with five other people.  We ranged from 18 - 45 years old, and each and every one of us loved it just as much as the other.  We left our personal baggage at home for the day and let our inner child loose on the streets of Diagon Alley, and do you know what?  I absolutely believe it did us all the world of good.  We were all absolutely exhausted at the end of the day, but I think we all came away from our day out a little lighter having immersed ourselves in one of our most favourite fictional stories.

Letting your inner child out could be anything from immersing yourself in the Disney/Harry Potter worlds like I do, to taking part in your favourite sport, snuggling up in a little nook in your home with a good book, or exploring the four corners of this planet.  I believe that whatever it is that releases that child like wonder within us, even if temporary, is so essential to our wellbeing.

So if you ever find yourself judging somebody for going somewhere, or taking part in an activity that you deem to be childish, just take a step back.  We don't know what goes on behind the scenes in one another's lives.  Releasing their inner child, even if just for a short while might just be what they need to escape real life for a little while, so when they return to whatever is going on in their real life, they feel better equipped to deal with it.

And if this post still doesn't convince you that releasing your inner child is the best thing ever, then maybe this sneak peek of the Harry Potter Studio Tour will...








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  1. I am 52 and have recently rediscovered my love for all things Disney but the amount of negativity I have had from my own family is unbelievable. I have been called sad and told I am too old, especially as hubby and I have a trip to WDW booked for next year. I refuse to let them bring me down though, I/we enjoy it and that is all that matters. Plus I have a ton of friends who agree with me so they (the family) will just have to suck it up.Life is far too short to not do what makes you happy. xx

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    1. I'm sorry you get that from your family Jane. It's such a shame people have such a negative opinion on something so wonderful, and that brings you so much joy! I will never understand people's judgements on matters that have absolutely no affect on their lives. I wonder how these people would feel if we picked apart and judged them for a hobby that brings them joy? I for one, am incredibly envious of you and your hubby! WDW is that absolute bucket list destination for me. I hope you both have THE most incredible time. Make amazing memories with your hubby (And Mickey of course!) and screw the negative opinions of others! xx

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    2. Thank for your kind words Siobhan. I have seen my sister and her other half in a different light recently and realized that they can be downright nasty when they want to. Basically they seem to get their kicks by belittling other people and by pulling apart anything they don't like. They can hate as much as they like though because we am going on this holiday and not them and it will be amazing. We have 430 days to go and I am planning like mad already. Hope you get to tick WDW off your bucket list sometime soon. xx

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    3. I'm so sorry to hear that Jane. Your family are the people who should accept you no matter what, although I've had my fair share of family drama in my time. If you ever need somebody to listen you're always more than welcome to drop me an email - siobhanemmas@gmail.com x

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