A Better World Is Through a Child’s Eyes
At what point in our lives is the line between believing like a child and seeing like an adult crossed? Did we ever cross it, or have we just convinced ourselves that we have? While adulthood is often seen as an end to the joy of childhood, this can be challenged with the idea that we never truly lose our childlike imagination and curiosity, that it is still within us. Thus, the world would be a much better place if every person changed his or her way of thinking to that of a child.
It is not uncommon for people to think their life was much better as a child. We tend to stop chasing our dreams - we get discouraged and settle for what is comfortable. As children, we dream of being ballerinas, musicians, and firefighters, but we reach a point where we dismiss these dreams as crazy and fictional. Our big goals grow smaller and farther away with every passing year, and we surrender to the safe life path that society provides us. Additionally, we associate growing up with a more stressful and monotonous life. For kids, the little things are always observed and questioned. The world is their playground, whereas as grown ups we are too stressed and in routines to observe the world around us. Furthermore, as we age, we make far more mistakes in the way we treat others. The average child is taught and believes that everyone must be treated with respect. Prejudice is most often absent in children, while it is far more common for adults to cheat, commit crimes, and judge others. Many become hostile and judgemental within their relationships as they become adults, and the innocent love for all is lost. Childhood, overall, is often looked upon as a better time, and this brings us down in our older years.
Our thinking that our better life is gone is unnecessary: we do not have to lose the joy of being a child. If we begin to view and execute our goals as we did as children, we will find that they are more accessible. Kids don’t hesitate to dream big, and they don’t take no for an answer. They think creatively to solve regular problems, and could achieve even more with the resources that we have when we get older. If we utilize our current knowledge and resources with the mindset of a child, we can become successful in our biggest goals. In addition to this, our world will become much less stressful and far more compelling if we slow down and view it with childlike curiosity. If we begin to appreciate what is usually ignored, step back from our robotic routines, and imagine the world beyond our boundaries, we will access the world we played in as children. Moreover, our bonds and relationships will greatly improve if we eliminate the clouded judgement that time has given us. Children are born without prejudice, and most often treat their peers with the kindness and equality that they are taught. If we aspire to think this way again, we can begin to eliminate the problems that, to a child, would be unthinkable. Cheating, committing crime, discrimination, and so many more things could be replaced with strong connections, kindness, and respect for all. All of these ideas are well within our reach, as we never lose our childlike thinking; we just forget how to use it.
Changing our way of thinking can truly reverse the idea that we have lost our quality of life with age. The kid within every one of us can be useful in making our lives just as exciting and enjoyable now as they were at a simpler time. If you miss how life was as a child, you only need to open your eyes – a simply happy life is still within reach.