Chap. 12: Let’s be children again

The other day I was on the subway and as always I was doing my routine people watching activity.

I noticed a little girl crying and screaming, clearly having a fit against her mom.

In my mind I was just shaking my head and pitying what parents have to deal with on a daily basis.

Then something interesting happened.

The little girl started to move around her seat and climbing over her mom, balancing on the bars and just simply having fun. She was laughing so loudly and her mom laughed with her.

I thought to myself, “Wow the moods changed so quickly, in a snap, just like that.”

I must admit that I was a little jealous that that lady could witness such a beautiful smile everyday. I was also in utter admiration for the child’s curiosity and lack of care for what just happened.

Like Dory (yes I had to make that reference), she started anew and was fine with that.

Sometimes, when I see a railing or a row of chairs, I get this urge to climb them or prance around them. Although I usually hold back, thinking that it’s such a childish thing to do, other times I say, “fuck it,” and do it anyways.

I felt this sense of freedom and extreme excitement, like I’ve returned to where I was supposed to go. I was happy. I was smiling. And I loved every single moment of it!

I think in today’s day and age, we’ve become like robots, confined in our list of what we should do and should not do (mostly based on others’ opinions of us).

But obviously this is boring. And not what we really want to do.

I’m not saying to go weird full on all the time (unless, of course, that’s your thing). What I’m encouraging, however, is to get outside your comfort now and then, and be that child that’s inside of you.

Be an explorer again and rediscover grounds within you that you never thought existed 🙂

9 thoughts on “Chap. 12: Let’s be children again

  1. Alvin p Lewis says:

    When I was a kid I said to myself that I would never grow up and in ways I have and others I have not. I think acting like a kid sometimes is acting out who you are or being true to yourself.

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  2. Joseph says:

    Life would be very boring if we don’t allow ourselves to have a little fun. I enjoyed science fiction comic books and cartoons when I was a child and I still do. Star Wars, Spider-Man, Star Trek and the Avengers in comics, cartoons and live action movies are fun to watch. When we’re genuinely happy (happiness that does not do harm to ourselves or others), it does wonders for the mind, body and spirit. In the X-Men animated series that aired on Fox back in the early 1990s, there was an episode where Logan hiked to Alaska and was befriended by some Eskimos. In one scene the tribe was having fun as if they were children. Logan was hesitant, but the tribal leader told Logan “be a kid again”. That’s good advice, I say.

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    • Yes 🙂 I love comics too. The thought of being able to sit in an antique store and be able to read comic books excites me (since I loved to read as a child). We don’t know how to let go sometimes. But when we do, it’s like we finally know what it means to be alive again.

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  3. Joseph says:

    Batman is cool. I liked the early 1990s series back on Fox, I enjoyed it best when his son Dick Grayon (the first Robin) joined him on missions. Spider-Man is my all time favorite, though! Going way back to Spidey and His Amazing Friends which was great when I was a kid. I used to collect the titles Spectacular Spider-Man, Web of Spider-Man, the Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man and during the summer months would add on a miniseries that was about some other Marvel heroes e.g. the Avengers or the Fantastic Four.

    For a while I got into the speculator collecting and collected some of the Marvel Universe action cards hoping to get the holograms. I also collected the Death of Superman (just to hold onto it, I didn’t break the seal) and other titles. I sold some of the comics that we just speculation purchase but keep my long time collection with me. It’s fun to revisit those times. The movies are also fun.

    You should collect some of your favorite comics, Eileen, and read them whenever you want. 🙂

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    • Yes you are right!!! When I get my own personal library, I will for sure do that 🙂 It’s funny because everyone likes Spiderman, but he’s like my least favourite superhero hahaha

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