RE-AWAKENING THE KID WITHIN
One afternoon, while sitting in the backyard playing with my son and enjoying the cool breeze, I stopped for a moment, stepped outside of that current situation and began to watch those precious moments unfold in slow motion. While doing so, I began to watch my son more vividly. As I watched him, I couldn’t help but think how innocent he was and how cool life must’ve seemed from his perspective. I then asked myself, what does life look like, through the eyes of a child, before they develop the social norms placed on them by society. As I thought to my self, I began to think of the benefits of living like a child. In my opinion, I feel children are the gateway to success and are a raw template as to how we as adults should live our lives in some capacities. Children possess some of the attributes of the successful populace, who thrive and outperform others. Some of the things I’ve witnessed and have taken note of from my childhood and while watching my son are as follows:
Children are able to dream big and utilize their imagination with no limitations or preconceived notions. To children, the world is a place where the boundaries between reality and non-reality are blurred, and where reaching for the stars are not far fetched. Dreams and imaginations continue to flourish and grow, until they are stumped by the simple thinking of others. I found this to be interesting, after reading “Moonwalking with Einstein” by Joshua Fort. Within the reading and in other research, it was revealed that human beings are more susceptible to learn and improve their memory greatly by enhancing their level of creativity and by transferring data they would like to remember into images. It was revealed, that by doing so, individuals were able to store and easily retrieve large amounts of data. Yet, keeping an imagination into adulthood, many times fade away as we grow older and become indoctrinated into society.
Children are unapologetically honest with no concerns for remorse, due to not yet understanding the concept of sparing someone’s feelings. That true genuine honesty is rare and scarce amongst adults, and is usually only released behind closed doors, where the person in question is not around to be directly insulted.
Until taught otherwise, Children see no difference amongst human beings, and engage in conversation and friendships with anyone. Children focus more so on the friendship, versus the social norms that are set in place and thrust onto the world. Children seemingly gravitate towards or retract from good energy or bad energy respectively, with no care of one’s race, religion, polical views, or anything else.
Children enjoy the little things in life with an amount of excitement and vitality that is rarely matched by the adult population. Case in point; as I played with my son, we repeatedly used a plastic fan blade spinner. The spinner would spin a fan air blade off the top of it, when the attached string was pulled. As the air blade would fly off, it would land in any direction roughly about 10 ft away. As my son looked at the spinner, he would watch in amazement and yell “Whoa!!” with the same amount of energy each time as if he was just witnessing the act for the first time.
Children are overly inquisitive, as they truly want to learn, with no regard of social embarrassment. Children are not afraid to ask questions that would normally seem dumb to others. With that level of commitment of asking questions, children are constantly learning and improving at an exponential rate. Something many adults stop doing, as they get older.
Sometimes rekindling the childlike tendencies in some areas of our life may be beneficial and pivotal to personal growth. What is your perspective? Do you have any stories of your own, or can you think of anything adults can possibly adopt from children and potentially start implementing themselves?