Have you talked to many kids lately? It’s an amazing experience. For grown-ups like us, it can be quite a shocking experience, in fact. They’re just so darn honest, and so incredibly observant. Somewhere on the road between hating naps and longing for naps we lose the candor that characterizes the youngest amongst us. It’s part of growing up, learning what not to say and when not to say it. We gain much by learning to navigate society, but we lose much, also; clarity of conviction, blatant honesty of expression, and very little concern for anything but the present.
These days (perhaps all days) we are quick to shed our childhoods; quick to be considered one of the Big Kids. But we leave something behind in this rabid quest for adulthood, for the responsibilities that look like privileges. Giving up youth is the right choice, growing and maturing is what we will all do if we’re lucky enough to learn how. But there are things we should hold on to, aspects of being young that are helpful at every age. Youth Before Youth. Let us be young at every age, and wise enough to remember how.
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