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inner child q&a #4

I asked some of my followers to answer some questions about their relationship with their inner child. Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing the responses.


Kim, 19

Describe yourself as a child in three words

shy, curious, loving

As a child did you have an object you carried around that gave you security?

When I was little I was OBSESSED with teddy bears. I think the film toy story influenced my habit to (try to) speak telepathically with my favorite toys. The one I felt particularly connected to was named Charlie and was a giant bear with a little red felt scarf.

How do you create a feeling of inner security and emotional comfort now?

Creating things. My teacher told me to stop making art that ‘looks like its from out of a children’s book’. All the things I create now are what little me would have wanted to make but was too scared, or didn’t have the knowledge.

Describe your current self in three words

playful, passionate, artistic

How do relate to your inner child?

My mum always encouraged me to follow my artistic passions as a child, so I ended up doing a fine art degree. She says its perfect for me because I’ve been making things for as long as she can remember. Once I filled up our living room with various containers and cardboard boxes because I watched an episode of Mr Maker and wanted to make a train out of a Pringles can.

Do you have any special objects now that create or represent an emotional experience for you?

I have a little box full of mementos from my childhood, like a beaded bracelet my bff gave me when we were about 8, and a pressed pennies from my family’s favourite theme park. But I honestly don’t like looking at things from the past because although it wasn’t a sad time, nostalgia makes me a weird sort of melancholy.

What would you tell your inner child if you could?

Be yourself. You spend a lot of time trying to be someone else and it just doesn’t work, to the extent that you only start feeling like yourself at 18. I love you!


Eva, 21

Describe yourself as a child in three words

social, silly, sensitive

As a child did you have an object you carried around that gave you security? If not describe what made you feel secure as a child.

My mother was my security blanket, she made me feel safe and warm and when she was around I felt like no matter what was thrown at me I would be okay. I was really shy as a kid and new experiences and people made me feel overwhelmed. She was a rock, someone to hold on to and hide behind. She was strong and her love for me felt strong too. It gave me strength when I felt I didn’t have anything else.

How do you create a feeling of inner security and emotional comfort now?

Talking with friends, laughing and feeding off their energy, books, movies, music, being alone, being by nature, by water. Little things in life but to be honest, I don’t exactly know the answer to that question.

Describe your current self in three words

Warm, Empathetic, Intelligent

How do relate to your inner child?

I relate to my inner child by opening myself up and being my authentic self without fear. Being vulnerable, excited and open to life, new experiences, doing things and being someone my inner child thought she could never be. Giving my inner child opportunities to be who she wanted to be.

Do you have any special objects now that create or represent an emotional experience for you?

Photos. Photos from childhood when things seem so rosy and sweet. Photos bring me a sense of nostalgia that is very comforting and warming to me.

What would you tell your inner child if you could?

Some day you will have the chance to face your fears and they won’t be as scary as you think they will be. Everything that’s happening in your life isn’t your fault, you can’t fix the situation or the people in it. You have all the strength needed within you.



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