Dayton in 2022 with LEGOS

Are you a fan of LEGO bricks?

As a kid, and even as an adult, I have found myself entertained by skillfully creating my own colorful, majestic buildings and unique Barbie furniture out of LEGOs. I have never been one to follow the directions to actually assemble the elaborate LEGO creations that are pictured on the front of the box. 

As soon as I open the box and see all the itty-bitty pieces in the numbered bags, my brain becomes instantly swollen. I feel immediately overwhelmed and frazzled with where to start, even with a manual. 

My son, on the other hand, has always LOVED following the LEGO manual and instructions to the T. We are so different in this regard. 

As I am starting to think about how I want to be different in 2024, I recognize a correlating pattern within my mindset with how I view assembling LEGOS and how I view assembling a version of my future self.

Like being mesmerized by the completed LEGO creation on a box, I idolize specific images, outcomes, or results that I want in my life. Then, when I think of taking the actual steps to get there, I become paralyzed when I analyze the specific logistics that are required to make it come to fruition. 

As I watch my nine-year-old son approach his LEGO creations, I find myself intrigued.

It is fascinating how young children can take a different approach to making a creation come to fruition. They build to build, and to have fun. 

They show up with an optimistic perspective, and a light, flowing energy.

Children savor the opportunity to enjoy building without overthinking it.

They take it LEGO by LEGO, one piece at a time. 

Children are eager to follow instructions and learn as they go.

They ask for help when needed and celebrate each progression of the piece coming together. 

Sure, sometimes they leave a mess, take a break, maybe even eat a snack; but, they come back to it.

When it is finally complete, they proudly show it off to everyone!

They pat themselves on the back for a job well-done. 

LEGO by LEGO, piece by piece, with a light-hearted, playful attitude, they made it work while celebrating the phases of growth along the way. 

May we all take notes. 


This is a non-paid endorsement, encouraging you to think about how you approach your goals. 

“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


As you idolize the future version of you, might you be able to reverse-engineer this identity? 

How might you be able to take it one itty-bitty step, moment, or LEGO, at a time to get there, while incorporating amusement, a snack, and celebrations along the way?


Please share any of your aspirations on social media. Our community would love to support and cheer you on with each step you take.

These photos are from my son’s creations during the holidays last year. He has more LEGOs on his wish list for this holiday season.

More child/life/aspiration connections:

Space for a Festus Artist

LEGO by LEGO or BRICK by BRICK…The Brick Bistro & Brew is a fantastic local establishment that strengthens our community one meal at a time within their brick walls:

The Brick Bistro & Brew in Festus, MO

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