Santa find your inner child.
My advice to Santas for hire? I’d say the No. 1 on your “to do” list is to focus on being interested, more then being interesting. We spend a lot of time as Santas focusing (I might even say obsessing?) on ourselves. Honing our craft through Santa classes, choosing the right clothes for our look, and pushing ourselves to go for simple walks to keep our bodies in shape… all useful things.
Now I need to say… let’s get outside of ourselves. This can actually make you a more fulfilled person, in addition to a more inspired Santa. Here are a few ways to get started.
Cultivate a sense of inquisitiveness and openness (see the world from younger eyes, children’s eyes.) Read the books, magazines, and website they go to. Having an understanding of a child’s world, will feed your inspiration and put your own life into perspective.
I can’t tell you how many times on the School Bus, I was a School Bus Driver for 10 years and now I’m a Bus Aide, how I love seeing their faces and eyes brighten up as they get on the bus. Hearing their tales and enjoying their fresh new adventures, the ones we have all lived… but, forgotten. They remind me of a time and place I slowly allowed myself to get to old for. That wonder of a rainbow, how milk can come out your nose and that it’s socially okay to wear your food… in public!
Go to museums, or a video game store, comic book place… where you have access to a wealth of resources. Whether preparing for a specific visit or seeking inspiration, you can find a huge grab bag full of goodies and wonderful knowledge to share at your fingertips.
Invest in escaping the madness of your normal life, go where you can discover something new about the world, humanity, or even yourself. Get over the fears that might keep you from doing the fun and crazy stuff.
Realize that when there’s a will, there’s a way… and make it happen.
Seek out sources of inspiration in other human beings, and make contact. We live in a world that’s more connected than ever.
Reach out. Engage with others. It might put your own issues into perspective and open creative doors.
These are all things that keep us inspired, help us reach outside own box. They help us learn more about our creative self, and often lead to brilliant opportunities.
I believe our collective life experience is our greatest asset, both as Santa Claus and as a human being.
So do things that scare you, break the routine, go on a journey, and come back inspired and enriched. Then become that brilliant Santa Claus that you see in your mind’s eye.
Happy Holiday from Father Yule, John Rakestraw. *<|;-}])>