In today's culture, I believe that we, as a society, have lost the ability to be child-like. We have forgotten how to have fun. We have forgotten how to laugh at ourselves. We have forgotten that life was never meant to be taken too seriously.
And I strongly believe that it is time to take back that part of our lives.
Now, there is a massive difference between being child-like and childish.
My definition of childish:
Someone who doesn’t take responsibility for their life. Someone who is undisciplined. Someone who thinks that the world revolves around them. Someone who always points at someone or something else when things go wrong.
In today’s culture, there are way too many people who refuse to grow up. People whose definition of maturity changes with every situation.
We don’t need more of those people.
We need people who take responsibility.
What we do need is people who take responsibility for their lives, who refuse to blame anyone or anything for their circumstances, and who are intentional about every day and every moment of their lives.
But taken to the extreme, this can go very wrong. Many adults today have lost their ability to be child-like. They take life way too seriously and have forgotten what it means to have fun! They become boring, no-fun-to-be-around adults. And we for sure do not need more of those people.
My definition of child-like goes something like this:
I laugh at myself when I screw up. I smile as often as I can. I know that life is too short to be taken seriously. I take risks that may not work. I do stupid things every once in a while, just for the heck of it.
Child-likeness and maturity go hand in hand.
Dale Partridge says it best:
And I think that watching and learning from children is the fastest way to grow up, as paradoxical and backwards as that may sound.
Let’s embrace being child-like. Go ahead, have some fun. Do something that Mom wouldn’t approve of (shhh...)