“Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born.” – Albert Einstein
It’s strange to think there was a time before paying bills and needing a job to survive. Remember when your days consisted of riding your bike to your friends house to see if they could play outside? The biggest decision you had to make was if you wanted to play Cops and Robbers or make a fort. You had the whole house to yourself (and maybe siblings), and the only time your heart would sink to your stomach is when you remembered 10 minutes before Mom coming home that you never washed the dishes, like she asked you to.
What a beautiful time; so few responsibilities, too much time, and infinite imagination.
Now, our minds are full of schedules, working more hours of the day than playing, making payments, and creating a facade image of ourselves to fit into society. What happened to the child in us?
The child in us is certainly still there, hiding, waiting for us to open up our heart like we easily did so long ago. There is a way to survive in the adult world while having the perspective of a child. I believe humans can’t be sane unless they let the kid in them come out to play. This can be a very serious, dark world sometimes and we need some comic relief in order to know the world isn’t as depressing as the news makes it out to be.
Think of the things you enjoyed doing before you had a job, when you had summers free of responsibilities. What did you do? A big part is going to be things that involved imagination: writing, reading, creating mini towns with Legos, or playing Spies in your backyard. Imagination…we don’t have that as much in the adult world. It’s the one thing that keeps our innocence. Imagination keeps our brain working in a way that tests and computer screens can’t compare.
Creativity brings out the child in all of us. Doodle for 10 minutes a day, read for an hour, or take a walk through nature. If you babysit a young one for a night, you will see how much fun life can be again. You will begin to notice the little things that can create happiness, like seeing a lightening bug, or acting silly for no reason. There’s so many beautiful things in this world that go unnoticed. Kids see these things because their heads aren’t filled with endless thoughts about going back to work the next day or the frustration of traffic. I am a firm believer of creating a simple life for ourselves and maybe that’s so we can notice all the blessings in our lives. If you have a roof over your head, make an income, and have love from family and friends, let me assure you – you are doing well in life. Enjoy it. Appreciate it. Now, have some fun. Roll down a grassy hill, dance your heart out in your living room. Express yourself. Be yourself. Adults are afraid to act like goofballs. We have to portray this image that we are, well, ‘adults’. You wanna know what an adult is? An adult is someone who has had more experiences than you. If you think someone knows so much more than you and has their ‘life together’, they’ve just had more experiences. You will get there eventually. I am 22 years old and I honestly have no idea what I’m doing with my life and I don’t have any answers but I’m okay with that. When I was 16, I remember looking up to women in their twenties and thinking, Wow, they must know what they’re doing. Such adults. Well, I can assure you no one knows what they’re doing, they’re just acting like it and going through it one step at a time, making mistakes, and learning from them. That’s all life is. Experiences and learning from your mishaps.
So, let’s take life a little less seriously. Let’s take back our innocence before we learned about the art of deception, money, evil, and being an adult. I believe childhood was so magical because we were so ignorant, and as the saying goes – ignorance is bliss. We had no idea how cruel the world could be, and I believe that’s what makes us so serious. I’m not saying we should turn our back to the problems that face us, but I think we should realize if we don’t have some fun in life, we will lose our sanity. I hope one day we can meet strangers and act like our silly selves, instead of the professional, superficial small talk our society sees as normal. I hope one day we can all act weird between one another, since we all know how weird we are. In a good way, of course. Imagine how many people you could meet and love if we always acted like our true selves, like the child that is in us all?
There is a way to survive as a kid in the adult world. Pay your bills, be to work on time, run through sprinklers, watch the sunset, paint a picture. Get your groceries, do your laundry, belt your heart out to your favorite song, be goofy, and enjoy the little wonders of life.
Stay weird, my friends.
& Stay young.
until next time,