Day 17: January 17, 2014

Thankfulness for Youthful Energy

We lose so much as adults and gain other things that kids don’t have to deal with.

For instance, we often lose carefree attitudes and gain the dreaded weight of adult responsibilities.

Some don’t ever lose that carefree attitude. This can be a good thing some of the time. Kudos to you for being that way. But other times it isn’t so good, especially if you’re 40, living in your mom’s basement, playing video games and attending Cos Play conventions, dressing as a pot-belly Superman.


What I’m thankful for today is the energy I can suck from the youth I get the pleasure of being around. My kids. My students. The Baller kids I get the privilege of knowing and joking around with.

No one will ever accuse me of being mature. At least in the sense of my penchant for potty humor, acting weird and singing in front of others. I just don’t care. It’s who I am.

But when I’m around kids, like the basketball players I was with last night, I become a vampire of sorts and feed off their energy. And I still can’t even suck them dry of it… it is boundless.

They have fun. They are silly. And they understand the adult attributes of being responsible to each other for making a team work, for lifting each other up, for making accommodations for a teammate’s shortcomings on the court by stepping up and doing the job to help them play the best game possible.

I think we all need to take more lessons from kids than we do. Be carefree. Be silly. And be responsible for lifting others up and helping each other where someone might not have strengths in certain areas so everyone can succeed.

If we think about being more youthful with our energy instead of getting BOGGED DOWN by adult responsibilities, this world would be a better place.

Love, The Big Kid

P.S. I would like to publicly thank Our Hearts, Our Families, Our Community for allowing me to be a small part of an amazing organization who helps lift others up. Your support of ME during this time is duly noted. Also, thank you to the parents of the Reno Ballers for being so helpful with your time and resources.  What a great bunch of quality people.


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