Go to Disney World.
And hug characters from your childhood.
Even if you don't think it will impact you that much... it just might.
On our final day at Disney, my friend and I headed over to the Grand Floridian and had a character breakfast at 1900 Park Fare. I knew it would be a breakfast with Mary Poppins and Alice in Wonderland. And on the way there, Jennifer mentioned that she had just read on a Disney forum that other characters included Winnie the Pooh and Tigger.
Pooh Bear!!! Tigger!!!
Memories from my childhood are sketchy at best most of the time. One thing I remember was that I had Winnie the Pooh curtains in my bedroom when we lived with my grandparents. It's a small connection to my happy place- my grandparents' home.
And apparently meeting people dressed up as Pooh and Tigger does magical things to a person.
I don't mean the part where you just pose next to your favorite character...
I mean the part where you get to hug your favorite character.
Because I started crying when I hugged Winnie the Pooh. Not a weird ugly cry or anything. But the kind of joyful happy cry where the tears just can't stop spilling down your cheeks.
And then I hugged Tigger. And Tigger hugged back fiercely- like he knew what I was feeling.
The people inside these costumes have such an important and special job.
Instant happy childhood memories. Take 1 part grown up, 1 part character and hug fiercely.