Do you remember being a kid and all you wanted to do was be an adult so you could move out, drive, and do whatever you wanted? Being a kid sucked, if you wanted to go somewhere you had to beg someone. You didn’t have your own money, so you always had to ask someone to buy it. You were at the mercy of adults, and it felt like they were against you most of the time. Then, you grow up and all you want to do is be a kid. You have to get a job, pay bills, run errands, maintain your home….list goes on and on. The pressure and responsibility are overwhelming at times, you took for granted what being a kid meant.
One of the things that annoys me is when someone tells a kid/teenager to “grow up”. Why? Being that young is the only time to be free and wild, because once you grow up life seems to try and contain you. By no means am I saying let your kids be hoodlums, but remember that once they “grow up” life will never be the same. Let your kids or younger siblings be stupid and make mistakes, because this is probably the only time they will have to do these things and not have major repercussions. Life will make them grow up soon enough, don’t try and rush the process.
Sometimes i see adults and it makes me sad to see that they aren’t living; they are just going through the motions of life. Who’s to say when you become an adult, you have to give up being free and stupid? Life tries to contain you with all the pressures that come of being an adult, but we shouldn’t let it morph us into a zombie. Yes, we have responsibilities and those should come first but those things shouldn’t overtake our lives. Always make time to be silly and immature, you know time to be a kid. Find a balance of taking care of business and taking care of your young spirit. The people who can find this balance are the ones who live a happier and healthier life.
Being an adult sucks. But if you can find a balance, those moments that truly suck won’t bother you as much as they used to. Don’t let growing up suffocate the kid spirit that we can posses for our entire life. Maybe we should stop looking at things as being a kid or an adult, maybe we are just evolving as we experience more of life. As we evolve we can take on more so life throws tougher situations at us.
One of my role models is Walt Disney, he was a brilliant man and much of his success came from never losing his inner child.
“Why do we have to grow up? I know more adults who have the children’s approach to life. They’re people who don’t give a hang what the Joneses do. They are not afraid to be delighted with simple pleasures, and they have a degree of contentment with what life has brought – sometimes it isn’t much, either.” — Walt Disney