Many people will have seen this in a number of places on the internet, but it’s only recently been brought to my attention that there is a certificate available for lifetime membership to the Society of Childlike Persons.
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As a lifetime member in good standing I am hereby entitled to:
Walk in the rain, jump in mud puddles, collect rainbows, smell flowers, blow bubbles, stop along the way, build sand castles, build snowmen and snow angels, throw snowballs, watch the moon and stars come out, say HELLO to everyone, go barefoot, go on adventures, sing in the shower.
Have a merry heart, read children’s books, act silly, take bubble baths, splash in the tub, get new trainers, hold hands and hug and kiss, dance, fly kites (and parachutes!), laugh and cry for the health of it, ask Mum for a kiss to fix the broken things, wander around, feel scared, feel sad, feel mad, feel happy, give up and worry, stay innocent.
Believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy, say yes, say no, say the magic words, ask lots of questions, ride bicycles, draw and paint, see things differently, fall down and get up again, talk with animals, look at the sky, trust the universe, stay up late, climb trees, watch butterflies and bugs and bees and ants and things, take naps, do nothing, do stuff, daydream, play with toys, play under the covers, have warm fuzzies.
Have pillow fights, learn new stuff, get excited about everything, be a clown, stand on my head, hop on one foot, spin until I get dizzy, turn cartwheels, lean into the wind, enjoy having a body, listen to music, find out how things work, make up new rules, tell stories, save the world, make friends, make mistakes and…
Do anything else that brings more happiness, celebration, relaxation, communication, health, joy, love, creativity, pleasure, abundance, grace, self-esteem, courage, balance, spontaneity, passion, beauty, peace, serenity and life energy to me and other people on the planet.
Further, I am hereby officially authorized to frequent beaches, woods, meadows, mountain tops, swimming pools, rivers, streams, playgrounds, picnic areas, summer camps, birthday parties, theatres, oceans, museums, planetariums, festivals and other places where children of all ages come to play.
I encourage you to always remember the motto of the Society of Childlike Persons: