Yesterday Once More
“I’d give all wealth that years have piled, The slow result of Life’s decay, To be once more a little child For one bright summer day”.-Lewis Carroll
If there is anything that I miss the most than that would be my childhood, as quoted in the words of Lewis Carroll above. And that is exactly what I’m feeling now and feel most of the time and I’m sure most of us do. Probably a part of us just doesn’t want to let go, the child within struggles to come to the terms that we have grown up. Growing up was fun.The anticipation of growing up to be independent individuals some day was exciting. Today when we have grown up, looking back to being a child is what I miss the most.
And we were supposed to be happy now! Wasn’t this what we always wanted. So whats wrong? The question that we often find asking ourselves.
Those were the times when making friends was easy…when our biggest worries were Barbie and Ken’s wedding, GI joe’s missing arm and why we had to eat vegetables at dinner again. When our siblings were our worst enemies, when race issues meant who ran the fastest, when school recess was too short and classes was too long..friendships were unbroken..and farewell was meant just for the holidays to be re-united once again..when right was right and wrong was wrong. When skinned knees brought tears and our only fear was to be left alone in a dark room.
When we Look at the old pictures today, it makes us wish to go back to such carefree days. The faces in the pictures reminds us of people we were once close to and wish that we still are and they are the friends that we have grown up with. Since school we have counted days till graduation and the day when we would get a job. Surviving the years in school & college wasn’t easy (as we felt back then), but today when we reflect to the old days, we realize those were the times where we have had the best experience of our lives. Those were the times that have made us what we are today making it more worthwhile.
As hard as it is to accept…we have grown up and and will keep growing over the years adding up to new experiences, making new memories, meeting new people and 40 years down the line when we look back, we can probably share a few laughter and tears making us understand the thing called “LIFE”.
PS: To enjoy the sweetness of Life keep the child alive in you. There is not a slice of evidence to support the theory that life is meant to be serious.
@sudevisen, I definitely know what you mean. Not a day goes by that I don’t wish I could go back to being a kid. The days did seem more exciting, the world seemed so much bigger, there was no sense at all of being trapped…..the days playing games or with toys or climbing in parks. And pretending we were anything at all, that was a lot of fun I wish I could go back to. Making up creatures. Reading all sorts of fun books and drawing pictures. It was all so magical. I find it hard, sometimes, to keep pushing forward because I know that I am only getting further away from those times, when I was most happy.
@theskafish, I think one of the biggest ways to keep your inner child alive is to essentially just do what you want. If you find yourself suppressing things just because that’s not something that an adult does, screw that! Let your inner child free, don’t hesitate to do things only because you think that other people will think you’re immature, live your life for you.
@theskafish, I guess it is just a state of mind. Therefore doing things that we love most and not worrying how others would perceive it as, is important. The whole idea that since we have reached a particular age and behave in a particular way is absurd. I mean one needs to be practical and matured but that doesn’t mean that the inner child has to be suppressed. We all should have a set of friends who feel the same way and with whom we can be ourselves make the weirdest jokes, go insane, that would help to keep the child alive.
An important thing that children do is express their emotions fully each moment and then let them go. Children weep everyday and crack up and cuddle every day. Ignoring our need for emotional release makes our bodies age with tension. Also, talk in accents and dance and be playful with everyone… and fingerpaint.
@theskafish, well the first thing you have to do is let go of that little thing called age. If I remember rightly we’re the same age, and it’s something I struggled with as well. But you’re never miraculously a year older, only 1 second passes from the next to become a year older. It seems silly to me now. So yes, first thing, stop judging your life by your age. From the outside I have been a complete failure at ‘adult life’, never knowing my direction, and giving up on careers as soon as they get going. Let go of all pressures you’re putting on yourself. It’s the first step to being free.
@anjelica, gave some really great advice as well. Feel like crying? Cry. Feel like screaming? Scream. Feel like jumping up and down whilst going ‘lalalalalala’? Do it. You can’t hold in your emotions, that’s a very ‘grown up’ thing to do.
Right this second, as you read this…do something out of character. Speak in a silly voice, wave your arms around like a loony. Express yourself. Feels weird? Keep going. Keep going until you can’t do anything but smile.
Life is silly, we can’t take any of this seriously.