What is your inner child telling you? When was the last time you spoke to your inner child? What do you mean my inner child? It's about sitting and seeing your younger version of yourself, such as a five-year-old version. If that's hard for you even to imagine, find a photo. Find a photograph that brings up some emotion, put it on a chair in front of you and sit and talk to that inner child. There are many ways you can connect to your inner child, but this is one that is easy to say, “I see you”. I see that purity in you, the innocence. It's so touching to see my childlike innocence and as an adult to tell her what she needed to hear at that moment in time. I believe we can really reframe the past. I'm not a psychiatrist, psychologist, or a therapist. I'm not any of that, so I encourage you to go to specialists if you need to work on trauma from the past. I'm just sharing my stories.
I'd remember these experiences that hurt me as a young girl. I was able to relive them and reframe them. Our inner self had that purity and, I believe, that knowledge of the direction and our gifts that we came to Earth with. We all have different gifts. I had this epiphany moment one day because I was teaching a group of employees at a hotel. We didn't have an office space, so they put us in a banquet room with a flip chart. I started teaching and I had this flash back of me when I was a little girl pretending to teach my stuffed animals using a board almost the same size. After this flashback, I realized as a little girl this was my dream to teach. I love teaching. It's natural for me to teach.
As a little girl, I knew what to do with my life. I went on to being a teenager and I wasn't interested in parties. I wasn't interested in drinking. I wanted to read spiritual books. I wanted to go to First Nations ceremonies. I wanted to travel the world and discover and start new projects. I'm the same person but really connecting to what I wanted to be when I was a little girl. And I encourage you to stop and remember your younger self. That's one of the first things I did when I was teaching English. I would ask my clients, “What was your dream job when you were a little girl or when you were a little boy?” Rarely do people ask them that anymore. They stop and think, and I wait. I want to hear their answers. They share with me they wanted to be this or that and realize they could still do that.
We can still do that if we want so if you're feeling lost or if you're looking for a career change, I encourage you to stop and reflect your dreams, goals, talents, interests as a young child. One of your gifts that you must bring to the world to serve others. For example, being a musician can move people to tears, bring joy, bring laughter, and has the power to help and serve others. I invite you to stop, think back, talk to your inner child today. Give that inner child a loving hug. Say you're going to be there for them. Say you're not going to abandon them. Say you're going to listen to them. Your inner child has a lot to say and you may not have listened to them maybe for 20, 30, 40, or 50 years. They have so much innate wisdom and knowledge, but we just push them away. What do they want to tell you?
I want to read that in the comments if you want to share this vulnerability. I shared mine of playing teacher as a child. I'd go into my parents’ office and pull out the papers from their garbage and pretend I was correcting all of these exams. I had all my little dolls and stuffed animals in front of me and I would get dressed up as a teacher and I would teach. I don't even know what I taught. That was my dream. As an adult, I was able to manifest this with my company (teaching English to business professionals) for the last 11 years. I'm grateful that I'm living what my inner child wanted me to live.
JADI KINDRED is the founder of Accent Unique Inc. Since 2011, Jadi has helped hundreds of business professionals and entrepreneurs from all industries improve their confidence speaking English. Her mission is to inspire greatness in others. One way of doing this is by her helping people become more culturally aware through communication and understanding. She is passionate about travel, spending time in nature, constant learning, and growing her company. She is a native of Saskatchewan, but in 2008 moved with only two suitcases to Quebec, where she began her new life and journey of entrepreneurship.