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Most of us forget we were ever children and childhood can be a distant memory. For some, childhood isn’t worth remembering because it wasn’t filled with the promise of wonderful experiences. For others it was a time of magical wonder and creativity. I certainly experienced a lot of magic, figuratively and literally (figuratively because it was a time of carefree learning and exploring; literally, because in my later childhood, I learned to be a magician). But, as I grew older, the magic and excitement of living like a child became harder to find.

Like many adults, we become stifled with our responsibilities and forget how to breathe the air of childhood. We try to find ways to feel carefree. If you’re lucky you never lose hold of it; if you’re not so lucky you have to learn to play again.

That’s why I believe everyone should have a hobby; something they’re truly passionate about. Something that makes them get up early in the morning to do it. Something they have trouble putting down at night to go to sleep.

My daughter doesn’t like sleeping because she says sleeping is boring. Most kids are like that. Most adults are not.

Hobbies and activities help give life a spark, which ignites a drive and vitality that’s contagious. The more sparks you have, the more you enjoy life with passion. With an ignited passion, all other areas in your life can’t help but be transformed. Your work is more enriching, as is your home life, and most importantly your relationships. What do you do regularly to ignite the passion so you can get into that child-like state?

Read Part 2 next month.

Dr. Lalit Chawla, MD, CCFP, FCFP, is a highly sought after international speaker, family physician in Chatham, Ontario, and an adjunct professor at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry in London, Ontario.


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