I have been curious about the idea of being a child again after a couple of interesting readings on child psychology and this exceptionally insightful video from TED by the surprisingly confident ‘child’(as you may call her)- Adora Svitak.
I totally agree with her. There is a lot to learn from them just by watching them be.
I am remembering my recent close interactions with children.
The child on the matatu recently who was so fascinated by my bag strap that he/she tugged on it and consequently licked it wet.
The calm toddler who lives close to my place of work
My 3 year old niece- playful, confident and expressive
My 14 year old niece- smart, empathetic and obedient
My 8 year old niece- strong, talkative and a free spirit
I have observed from them some very basic but important life lessons that any adult can pick up:
Imagination- Children have no limits to their imaginations. They can speak to a cushion, imagine a response and continue a completely candid conversation. Their minds have no limits as to what is possible or impossible. Then sadly, as the years go by, big bad ‘adulthood’ comes and blows it away.
Creative- Children have innate creativity cells running in their blood. Whether it is through drawings, created games, role-plays, little white lies, ingenious explanations after getting caught red-handed or their innocent solutions to problems- they are constantly tapping into their creativity. Sir Ken Robinson is categorical on how current school systems are muffling this in one of the most-watched TED talks ever. I would be lying if I said I don’t agree.
So, go on, be a child!