Pablo Picasso once said,
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
When Picasso uttered these wise words, he did not merely highlight the absolute absence of inhibition in a child‟s mind while expressing through colours, but how very often our, genuinely natural curiosity, creative pursuits and child-like interest in life and the world around us get compromised during the process of growing up.
Can you remember the last time when cool rain droplets kept falling on your face and you went round with your arms arms stretched sideways, laughing?
The joy of laughing aloud while watching a Tom & Jerry cartoon with friends?
When was the last time you observed something with awe, amazement & child-like glee?
Many years ago? … Don‟t remember when?
Get yourself into an activity with children.
Tell them a story. Play with them. Laugh with them. Memories will emerge from the misty past and float back to you. Yes, you will remember the days when you enjoyed life with the spontaneity of the spirit of childhood.
The creativity, enthusiasm and vibrancy of childhood need not be abandoned once we are no more children. It is an act of enrichment to take the zest experienced during those years along with us while we journey through life.
Why are many of us reluctant to enjoy the simple pleasures of life whenever possible? Is it fear of being ridiculed? Is it fear of being considered immature? Of not being seen as responsible and grown up?
During our family holiday trip to Kodaikanal (a hill station in South India), my niece suggested gleefully about cycling in the rain! I readily agreed with her idea. Except from my children and a few equally eccentric close friends, I seldom hear such a delightful suggestion to enjoy doing something so different and refreshing.
Recently, during a casual discussion about the beauty of the monsoon months, I asked an elderly member of our family: “Do you enjoy the feel of a cool shimmering drizzle on your skin?”
Pat came his response, “I don‟t mind….but it depends on whether it is drizzling or raining heavily”. His response reminded me that as adults when do we contemplate revisiting good old childhood days?
We – serious, knowledgeable adults – often think too much, ponder, reflect, contemplate, analyze and consider the consequences of even the smallest thing we do.
As the club counselor, I have had the fantastic opportunity to be among children between 11 and 17 years of age for several years. Every experience with them is a thoroughly enjoyable, learning and inspiring experience.
Candid, blunt and sincere, children are excellent communicators. Their practical wisdom and awareness of the environment is surprisingly beyond our expectations. Children remind us that it is child’s play to learn and have fun at the same time.
They are furthermore seldom at loss for words or ideas – parents especially can vouch for that fact!
Imparting any knowledge to children needs to be creative with an emphasis on wit and vibrancy or their boredom would be conveyed immediately.
To experience and learn from the sizzling energy and the bubbling intellectual spirit of children, spend time with children. Involving yourself with some learning activity or skill enhancement program with children is a great way to learn from their natural wisdom and their awareness of the environment.
A child’s wisdom is a reminder that we can be happier as adults if we saw life with simplicity, amazement and a blend of rich enriching awareness.
Stay young to be in a continuous state of enlightenment.