19.3.2016 | 01:22
Yep, it’s true.
I’ve well and truly discovered my inner child and she (he?) is Bob the Minion.
Okay, so I’ve never actually been made King for a day, but hey, I’ve got time!!
If you’re familiar with the Minions, you know that some of them have quite distinct personalities. And if you’ve seen the Minions movie, you know that Bob is the little guy, sweet and lovable, if a bit … unskilled.
I’d had Despicable Me, the movie which introduced the little yellow guys to the world, on my list of movies to watch since first seeing the trailer, but I’d never gotten around to it.
Then the Minions started showing up everywhere – even my mom knew about them!!
So, after Christmas, Target gift card in hand, I decided it was time to catch up.
The first gift came from the fact that the movies are a whole lot of fun, and let me relax and laugh out loud. Lovable “villains,” who find themselves doing the right thing in spite of themselves … well, I have to admit, I was charmed from the get-go.
(The sequel, Despicable Me 2, was my favorite overall, but I enjoyed all three. Hmm, I wonder if there’s a fourth or fifth one by now….)
But the “sort-of” sequel, Minions, had its special appeal.
It introduced Bob. (And his teddy bear, Tim.)
Bob might have been in the other movies, but if so, he was such a minor character that he didn’t stand out. I think I would have remembered him….
Bob is kind of like Donkey in the Shrek movies – he’s all ready to be a hero, even though he’s about the unlikeliest hero you could find. He’s quite child-like and innocent, and still clings to his “security blanket,” Tim.
But he’s also determined and well-meaning, and full of love and trust.
Just like me when I was a kid.
(Trust me: I’m acquiring a collection of “Bob the Minion” plushies – you can’t resist hugging the little guy. He’s round, he’s soft and he has a welcoming smile.)
When I pick Bob up and give him a hug, I really do feel as though I’m comforting that “inner child” I once was.
I can relate to his sweet innocence, as well as his desire to be something more than others believe him capable of achieving.
He also appeals to my need for more fun and “play” time in my life – I’ve already decided that I need to sit down and indulge my child-like creativity … I need to make myself a crown, so I too can be “King,” even if for just one day.
My crown is going to be made from things that have meaning for me – I’m not sure what yet, but I am looking forward to my self-assigned homework.
Now that I’ve shared my identification of my “inner child,” and looked into ways to reintroduce that long-forgotten sense of joy and play into my life again, I’d like to invite you to do the same:
Is there a character from TV, movies or books – or comic books, for that matter – who you feel represents your “inner child”?
If so, please share in the comments. If we can figure out what we’re missing, and what we need to connect to our younger selves, we can work to heal them and integrate that child-like sense of wonder we all used to have back into our adult lives.
Let me know who resonates with you, and why.