Don’t Lose Your Playfulness

“If you had the opportunity to stand in front of a group of young adults, what is a piece of advice you would give them?”

“Don’t lose your playfulness. And don’t let life make you hard. Go barefoot and let the wind blow in your hair and just have lots and lots of fun! There’s nothing so serious that you can’t smile about it. So, smile.”

“What does happiness mean to you?”

“Happiness means loving yourself? It’s cheesy, but it’s so hard to do. I think once you fully love, but more so maybe accept yourself, and see yourself as you truly are, then you are on your way to happiness.”

“How do you learn to love yourself?”

“I look in the mirror and I compliment myself every day, and I smile at myself a lot too. People catch me and they call me out for it, but, um, yeah. I’m nice to myself. I was so hard on myself for so long and actually this summer, teaching yoga [is what] turned everything around. I saw myself the way little kids saw me, which was as a role model, and as someone they thought was cool! And I like that, and so I started to see myself that way and it really all took off from there.”

– Erin L.
(“I’m an architecture major who doesn’t want to be an architect. I want to own a plant nursery, and an apiary, and be a yoga teacher.”)


4 thoughts on “Don’t Lose Your Playfulness

  1. Erin, I was a business communications major who became and actor and writer. Get into those yoga classes, form a plan to open your nursery. Do it, life is too short to do anything other than what you love. Move forward with that sense of adventure and curiosity we loose as we grow up. I have faith in you.


    • Hello Erik,

      Erin is a close friend of mine that I interviewed for the blog. I will pass on the lovely advice you’ve given her. Thank you so much for commenting and the support. I hope you enjoy other interviews on the site as well.

      Maria Jose

      • With such encouraging words you had for her response, I think your own advice would be a wonderful addition to the blog! It seems that you’ve clearly acquired your fair share of wisdom, and I’m sure that you continue to do so, as you’ve lived your life.

        What do you think? I’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have, as there is a little bit more involved than simply answering the questions.

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