- Travis Tokarek
- Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Go do one thing you did as a kid that you stopped doing because you are an adult and there are now social expectations, then reflect on TED
I was walking home the other day after a day of light rain. The street was speckled with puddles of water and crushed autumn leaves. I was in my sandals and jeans walking only a couple of blocks to my house when I accidentally stepped in a puddle and completely SOAKED my jeans. At first I thought "shoot, what a bad thing to happen to me"..and then I realized it had no real physically negative impact on me at all, I was heading home anyway, I was going to go to bed after anyway, I needed to do laundry anyway. After that, I made an effort to hit every puddle on the way home. Words cannot describe how rejuvenated I felt. I feel like our social ties are more like chains, and the liberty and peace I felt while jumping through these puddles is something that everyone should try again. Go play in the mud, experience a swing set again, go sledding (not with or for your kids but for you). Tell TED how you experienced it!