“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. “
There are times when we wish we could return the torn calender pages back to the time when we were children. Life was much simpler back then; when our decisions were being made for us on what to wear and where to go, when we didn’t have to think twice about the people in our lives because the world seemed to rotate around us after all, when we were fed and clothed and our biggest interest in life was the next toy, baloon and ice cream we’d get if we cried loud enough. We hadn’t been introduced to betrayal, so it was easy to trust everyone. We did not understand pain so much, so it was easy to love unconditionally…Love everyone and everything that is. The sight of the flowers and the bees would make us stare for hours at awe, because we hadn’t been stung yet.
But then again, would you really want to live your life over? And even if you would, would you have made any changes in your life?
After all, if you hadn’t fallen down many times, would you have been able to walk? If you hadn’t been hurt when you were misunderstood, would you have developed the capacity to understand people? What about the endless lessons that you keep on learning with every fall, blow and shock…
What about your journey in academia, and the boring times spent stuck to the school chair when you’d rather be outside playing in the rain or curled up in bed…would you like to go through all that again?
So I wonder, if we could meet our kid selves again, what would we tell them?
To face life with the innocence of a child, and the responsibility of an adult
To continue dreaming like a child, and work hard to live those dreams like an adult
To forgive people like a child, and be there for them like an adult
To tell the truth like a child, and speak your mind like an adult
To unconditionally love like a child, and learn to sacrifice like an adult
To smile crazily like a child, and stay quiet like an adult
To ask questions like a child, and seek answers like an adult
To want like a child, but be patient like an adult
To shout like a child, but listen like an adult
To break things like a child, but fix them like an adult To explore life like a child, and analyze it like an adult
To take risks like a child, and stay grounded like an adult
To live with the spirit of a child, and the mind of an adult
Written by AH with some help from NS