In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Life’s a Candy Store.”
She kept running around the restaurant. She had her shoes on her hands and she kept clapping with her shoes. She would run towards her mother and then away from her. All the while, she kept laughing. She was full of energy; full of life! She was oblivious of what people thought about her; she was lost in her happiness. She was a child who was barely 3 years old.
I’m often amazed by how even small things amaze kids. They get excited by seeing their reflection in a mirror, seeing what the touch of their finger would do to a touch-screen phone, the beauty of a flower and the playfulness of a cat. They find happiness in the small pleasures of life.
People often kill the child in them because to them, that’s what growing up is all about. An adult is often too worried about what people around him/her would think about him/her and it’s that which governs his/her choices and actions. Children often stop watching cartoons even though they love watching cartoons because their family members expect them to behave like adults and, as per the popular stereotype, adults do not watch cartoons. We resist the desires of the child in us to please the people around us.
But life keeps throwing opportunities at us to bring out the child in us. A father/mother gets to let out the child in him/her when he/she is with his/her baby boy/girl. A grandparent gets to behave like kids do when he/she is around his/her grandchildren. An adult lets out the child in him/her when he/she is with children.
I remember walking into a children’s park one morning in Dadar, Mumbai in the month of May/June. My brother had to take an entrance test and thus I’d brought my brother to Mumbai that day. With me were numerous adults who were accompanying their sibling(s)/offspring(s). While the ones who we were accompanying were taking an exam in a school, we waited for them in a nearby park. The park was divided into two sections; one for adults and the other for kids. As I was sitting on a bench in the children’s park, observing kids and clicking pictures of random things, I saw two adults walking up to one of the many rides that were in the children’s park. These adults would be in there 30s and it looked like they were trying to relive their childhood.
Adulthood is not about being serious all the time. It’s about being mature. Maturity and adulthood are two different concepts that are twisted together. While you do not have to be an adult in order to be mature, you neither have to kill the child in you to be mature. Do not wait for opportunities at which you’ll be around kids. You do not need the company of kids to behave the way kids do. Do not confuse the word ‘kid’ with the word ‘immature’. Let small things amaze you, find happiness in the small pleasures of life and live in the moment; Carpe Diem!