My answer to the question in the title, Dear Bloggites, is this: “Why do I have to grow up?”
I watch people on a daily basis. I am what you call a “people watcher,” however, instead of judging those I see, I ask myself, “Did they grow up when they became an adult?”
What is so wrong with being child-like in your views of the world around you? Nothing, in my opinion. When we were kids we did not focus on the “bad stuff” in the world, we focused on the wonderment of discovery.
Discovery is such a crucial aspect to being a child. As children, we learned each time we “discovered” something new. Oh, the Wonderment of the Discovery! I remember finding such joy in something new that I discovered. A joy that stays with me to this day.
See, growing up doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Growing up really just means different responsibilities in our lives. When you grow up, you gain responsibilities. The problem with the image of growing up is that people think they cannot find wonder in the world anymore because they are now “Adults.”
When you lose that wonderment with the world around you, you start losing that joy. If your joy is gone, what do you have to look forward to?
Engaging in activities that bring you joy help keep you engaged with LIFE! We should not strive to exist, we should strive to live. Being active in life makes life more rewarding. When you are engaged, you find the joy, and when you find the joy, you find the wonderment you had as a child.
Finding that wonderment makes life worth living, because every day is a new discovery. Having a life with discovery is having a life worth experiencing.
The question posed in my title, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” should be changed to, “What do you want to do as an adult?”
Growing up does not have to be a bad thing, Dear Bloggites; growing up should still involve the exuberance of childhood as you discover new and exciting things in the world each and every day. 🙂