I love a good dress-up party. From the time my children were little, dress-up has been a favourite in our house. My favourite costume was created from free recycled material, because we were on a strict budget and I recycle everything anyway. I covered a large cardboard box with pictures from travel magazines and finished it off with an airline label that said, “Package Holiday.” The package went over young son’s bike and he rode his “Package Holiday” in a parade down the main street. He won 🙂
My children now range from 31 to 18 and dress-up has revisited them through their own children. Capes are the big winner with the grand-children….and anything with bubbles that makes you look scary or bearded.
Dress-up is a given in most households with children.
But, dress-ups are not just child focused, clothing or accessory related. We adults also dress-up our behaviours to pretend we are someone else. Actors do it for a living; some of us do it for fun; some of us do it because we don’t know how to develop our own character or even that we are allowed to be our own character.
I recently saw several children at a Kid’s Club dressed up as their favourite character: Supermen, Princess Ariel, Kung Fu Panda, etc. The leader told me she was talking to the children about character development and encouraging them to become who they really want to become and not just stepping into the costumes and lives of others.
I thought it a great idea. Rather than asking you to sample becoming a different character through dress-up, I wonder if you would consider reading books to discover who you are and who you want to be like?
Reading is such a simple yet overlooked activity on the road of developing a stronger character. Knowing how book characters react to certain situations is a way to grow yourself and to learn alternative behaviours that you can practice when faced with similar real-life situations.
Watching movies or TV is NOT the same. They give you the images – they give you what they want. When YOU read, YOUR mind has to produce the images; YOUR mind has to create change and form new neural pathways that make new behaviours more probable.
Dress-up as yourself. To be yourself, you must first know yourself and then develop yourself to have a strong and honest character. Delve into a program of personal development through reading, listening and associating. It’s fun and challenging….and it changes your character.
LIFE Leadership offers guided reading programs for creating the best version of you. If you want a monthly guided reading or listening subscription or just a single book to start you on an at-home journey of self-discovery and personal development, we have something to help develop your character.
PS: I have no idea whose gorgeous child it is pictured. It came to me in a chain email and I thought it just perfect to illustrate this post. So, to whom ever the photo copyright belongs to, thank you, but I will take it down if you would like me to. Megan Bayliss