Happy Children’s Day to you, if you haven’t already been wished by anybody! I am usually indifferent to the whole ‘Children’s Day’ thing probably because I still behave like one, but I actually have something to say this year. As children, we are probably obsessed with the idea of ‘growing up’, and just growing up. Not growing up to become somebody and do something. I was fascinated with the idea of growing up to be the kind of people my parents are and in hindsight, it wasn’t the best idea I had.
I’m not saying that I wouldn’t like to grow up to be like my parents someday; they’re amazing people and I would fail monumentally if I can’t manage to do that. I realized that as a child, I was confused between the concepts of growing ‘up’ and growing ‘old’. I wanted to grow old because I thought adults had it better. But the grass is always greener on the other side, isn’t it? It’s not like any of us has a choice. We simply have to grow older because that’s how everything on this planet is wired.
There are times when I feel like I am not cut out for this whole adulting thing that I am expected to do. But just like everything else in life, I’m pretty sure I’ll learn how to do it the right way when the time comes. But I’m pretty sure that no matter how old I am, no matter how much I grow up, I will not let the child in me die. And neither should any of you. Granted, some of us are forced to grow up sooner than we want to, but it’s also important to hold on to that light-hearted part of ourselves.
How else can any of expect to keep our imaginations alive and kicking? How dull is this world going to be if we can’t imagine that the clouds are shaped like animals and make a wish every 11:11 and upon every shooting star? The world would be awfully boring if the child in us wasn’t alive, and the way we painted the world was in washed-out grey. There’s always going to be the time for being level-headed and mature, but when you get the chance to go completely nutso, take it. Because when you look back at how you spent your life someday, the crack-head moments are the ones you’re going to be most fond of.
This ‘Children’s Day’, I just want everybody to know that serious things aside, we should always make time for going crazy and defying logic. There’s enough rational thinking for us to last a lifetime, but no amount of that is ever going to be enough to compensate for how much we let get away because we don’t value moments where we let the inner child completely take over.
The weekend’s arriving soon. Give the child in you a chance and switch off the brooding adult for some time. You never know, maybe it’s just what you need.
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