I was forced to ‘adult’, a bit too soon for my liking I must say. Basically my long term plan to enjoy being a carefree child was cut short. I started having to worry about things I hadn’t really given much thought to before. I had to grow up, very quickly. Soo… Jelly beans and King Julian? Why that title? “Do read on” (insert phony British accent)
“I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy.”
― Neil Gaiman,
People are very different in how they deal with grief, it doesn’t always ‘hit’ you immediately. I was mostly okay within the first few months of finding out my dad had passed on a few months after my mom. Most of what I felt was confusion. I didn’t know what this meant. It hit me really hard a few years later. I digress though, my focus in this post is not on grief.
“Nothing is more to the point than a good digression.”
― Ralph Caplan
I became so busy in trying to sort myself out, trying to be a grown up that I missed the beauty that comes with enjoying childhood. There is such a simplicity with which a child views the world that grown ups neglect because of convention. Maybe people might give you weird looks if you enjoy the things that made you happy because those things are somewhat childish or unconventional. A blissful afternoon for me may include watching Penguins of Madagascar whilst eating jelly beans. (Yes, I’ve been told its childish, no, I have no immediate plans of stopping.)
Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child’s eye – it is very beautiful. – Kailash Satyarthi
Growing up is overrated. It is possible to be mature and still enjoy the simple things. My point? Take childish pictures, engage in childish pranks, watch childish shows, the list goes on. Forget the ‘normal’ way of doing things and embrace your weirdness.