Stop acting like a 5-year-old

I distinctly remember being told during various parts of my life, to stop acting like a 5-year-old. Be this by teachers, bosses, colleagues or my parents. I am sure this is something we’ve all heard at some point during our post-5-year-old lives.
I also distinctly remember thinking, both at the time and even now, that acting like a 5-year-old is actually pretty sweet.
At 5 years old, you are completely comfortable with who you are and what you’ve done, having had no responsibilities or experiences that crush your very authentic, raw and young self.
You have absolutely no worries or cares in the world. You have not been shot down by your friends in the playground or laughed at for having glasses and a snotty nose (speaking from experience).
You have not had a teacher publicly humiliate you by screaming in your face for forgetting your PE kit and making you do PE in your underwear (another 1st person experience).
You have not been told that you are this or you are that, you have not been laughed at by the kids in the year above, you have not been rejected, you have not been accepted, you are just your own innocent, happy and relatively undamaged self.
Insecurity doesn’t yet feature on your radar, nor does worrying about money or who is putting food on the table. You can spend all day singing, laughing, talking nonsense, making things up in your head, having imaginary friends, drawing, playing, running, eating and generally having a lovely time.
No one’s opinion really matters and you’re just confident, happy and ready to take on the world.
So no, Mr whoeverthef*ck you are, I am going to act like a 5 year old, because that was probably my very best self, and yours too come to think of it.

Alfie Mullan, September 2019