Saturday, 18 January 2014

Why Kids Have Got It All Figured Out

The idea that we should all get in touch with our inner child is a rather popular philosophy. You tend to hear it quite a lot whether it be through the internet, literature or television but you very rarely hear some decent reasons as to why.

The truth of the matter is, we could learn a lot from them.

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One phrase that seems to really define childhood is the line, "When I grow up, I'm going to be..."

While the answer may vary from child to child the conviction is always the same.

"When I grow up, I'm going to be..."

There is no hesitation at all. There is no doubt in their minds whatsoever as to the fact that they're going to become a doctor or astronaut or ballerina. They just know that they're going to do it.

Why? Because in their minds, there's no reason not to. Why shouldn't they get what they want?

Adults, however, are completely different. Many of us end up doing things or having a career in something that we don't particularly want to do. Why? Because logic and reasoning tells us that we should and those dreams that we had as a child are unrealistic and unattainable.

And when we do hold onto those dreams we put them on pause. We say that we will chase them later, we will strive for it after we've done A, B and C.

Adults become completely focused on the future- just look at the typical, 'where do you see yourself in five years time?' interview question!
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The point is, as adults we worry- a lot. We worry about the future, about how we are seen by society and how we are going to deal with different problems that come our way.

We can learn a lot from kids: we can learn to embrace the future, to not allow others to make us feel as though we have to behave a certain way- we could learn to be a lot freer.

We just need to be willing to go for things and believe that we can achieve anything that we want to.

Disagree? Or have you got any theories on a philosophy? What's the most bizarre thing that you've ever heard a child say about the future? 

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