I’m surrounded by children around the clock. And most of the time I am in awe of the simplicity of their needs and the depth of their innocent observations. (The rest of the time I’m totally fed up with bickering, screeching and tantruming, but that’s another post. Maybe all the other posts here?)
We should get in touch with our inner child, right? Being more child-like is a popular mantra of many spiritual leaders, a concept popularized in nonfiction, and a dream held by many adults in high pressure environments. I can dig it. Kids are free-wheelin’, curious creatures motivated by optomism and joy. They usually listen to their bodies for basic needs like eating and sleeping, and someone else always takes care of them. It’s pretty cool, being a kid.
But here are some reasons why it’s a good thing we all stop being children, eventually:
1. No one in an adult workplace will streak through the room, announcing that he “needs to poop and will call you when it’s time for wiping!”
2. Very few adults will refuse a meal because one food group is touching another on the plate.
3. Likewise, few adults ask you to cut up their sandwiches into shapes — stars, not rectangles, please. No crusts.
4. For adults, chewing a piece of gum is a subconscious activity, not a real one.
5. An adult companion is very unlikely to break a lengthy, meditative silence by announcing “I like to eat my boogers.”
6. Fist fights do not break out between adults when one claims that the other “won’t stop singing that stupid Batman song”.
7. An adult won’t break your new office chair by spinning in it non-stop for 4 hours. Then throw up on your floor.
8. Adults won’t report to you every five minutes with information about what someone else did wrong.
9. Adults respect the closed bathroom door.
10. Finally, most adults will not feel compelled to duck under your shirt to “check if your boobies are still there.”