Big; Revive Your Inner Child

When was the last time you played a game that really blew your mind away? When did you really enjoy a toy, not an application on your mobile phone? Yes, I know you are an adult now, but does that mean that you don’t have a kid inside you that’s calling for help? You have a job and you think you have no time for such things? Let me tell you that this is totally wrong.

Did you know that a thirteen-year-old boy did his job better than a thirty-year-old man? It happened, in a movie, yes, but it counts, and believe it or not, it sounds real to me.

Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall. It stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish “to be big” and is then aged to adulthood overnight. The film also stars Elizabeth PerkinsJohn Heard, and Robert Loggia. It was written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg. The movie is considered one of the classics but for the 70’s and 80’s generations, it was one of the favorites. One cannot forget the famous piano scene, and dreaming of having a piano just to imitate Hanks and Loggia.

The movie gives two examples of employees, Josh (Hanks) and Paul (Heard). Josh, the kid who becomes an adult overnight, he has all the qualities that we all try to hide; he is frank, passionate and most of all loves what he does. He starts with a job as a data entry clerk at MacMillan Toy Company, and because of his passion and childlike enthusiasm he is promoted and gets everybody’s dream job: getting paid to test toys!

Paul, on the other hand, represents the majority. He causes problems with his work colleagues. We all know those Paul-likes, though I am against stereotypes, but all the Pauls are just alike, and that is according to Dr. Haroun, a psychology consultant. He says that “the employee that hates everyone and wants to be better than all, no matter how, creates obstacles and snags, and is mainly the boss’s favorite. This kind of employee has a lot of psychological issues that need to be cured.”

Paul can’t be our role model; however, lacking the passion in our job is a killer. We need to revive our inner child and be more like Josh.

Studies have shown that a trampoline at work enhances productivity in the workplace, and a trampoline desk is considered the hottest new workplace trend. Josh has one at home, jealous? Go and be Josh. It will certainly help make your work life much easier and more interesting.

So here is the plan, after reading, go and re-watch the movie. It is available on YouTube. It will make your day. Remember you are the one who has the money now, save some this month and go to the biggest toy store and buy yourself the toy you have always dreamt of. Consider it your birthday gift or لعبه العيد   and it won’t hurt if you borrow some money from your parents, to help your inner child to jump out of joy.


And here is the link of the movie:

The movie is on me and the toy is on you, enjoy 🙂

By: Abir Yassin

EDITOR: Nada Adel Sobhi

  • Jailan Abdou

    Awesome I agree. There is always time to enjoy life.