My son just recently turned two, and watching him grow into a toddler had been a blast. It has definitely challenged me in all kinds of ways - maybe most notably in my patience! As I've observed him go about life and tried to get inside his little head, I've had a few observations:
Every toddler colors. They all make things. They all do craft time. They are all very proud of their work. Our fridge is covered with my little man's art, and he loves to show it to me again and again. Most people I work with don't create things. Somehow, in todays world, we've pushed "creative" into a department. Somewhere along the line it became a gift that some people have and others don't. In my observation, we all start with it. I wish more teams and companies could be full of people making things and being proud to tell everyone about what they've made.
2. Clothing is Optional
Many days when I come home, the first thing I ask my two year old is, "where are your pants"? He just laughs, babbles a bunch of words I don't understand, and runs away. Sometimes I'll say to him, "you need to wear pants." He doesn't care. There is that childhood innocence present in which, he could care less about what anyone thinks. He just wants to do his thing - and it's easier without pants. I'm not suggesting we all show up to our next team meeting without pants (awkward). I'm challenged, though, to think a little less about what other people think I need to do and focus more on making things happen.
3. Run, Don't Walk, and Then Fall Down
"No running in the house", has left my lips a few times. Try telling my toddler boy that - he'll look at you like you're from Mars. "Be careful", I'll explain, "you can slip on the kitchen floor." The other day he took off towards the kitchen, full out run, then slipped and nailed his head. After a cry, he was fine. Experience can be the best teacher, can't it? Sometimes we are so careful in life to walk slowly and cautiously. Sometimes we just need to let loose and run! Could we fall? Maybe, but that's just part of the deal sometimes. We learn and move on. It's amazing how much we can learn through risk, even when it doesn't work out.