I was in the park the other day with my mate and her little poppet and I was watching this group of kids on the round about. There was one girl, no more than six and I was just mesmerized by her lack of fear. She was flying around this thing, then she started climbing all over it whilst five other kids where pushing it as fast as possible. She had that concentration tongue, you know when it sticks out she was totally focused and determined.
Then she starts hanging off the edge, head first absolutely loving it, not one bit concerned that her mini Barbour jacket was getting all sorts of crap all over it. She then jumps off, runs over to the slide, climbs the stairs and runs down the slide really fast. At this point I’m doing my nervous twitch that I do when I think kids are gonna fall flat on their face and really hurt themselves. I think she had rubber soles on too, which made it worse as they were occasionally sticking to the slide.
It got me thinking, for many people when we were young and we were trying new things we had no fear, we just wanted to discover. If you wanted to know about something you’d ask, if you wanted to do something new you’d totally get involved and try it out. If you had an opinion on something, there was no softening the blow it was just said how you saw it. It’s how we learn and grow.
As we get older we don’t always ask the questions in fear of looking silly, we don’t always chase our dreams and ambitions incase of failure. Sometimes we even ignore the most amazing gift ever, our gut feeling, even when it’s bouncing with excitement and adrenalin telling us to go for it and to do what we really want to do, because deep down we know it’s what we’re meant to be doing. Instead it’s easier to stick with the “safe” and sometimes negative voice that sits on our shoulder and we don’t move forward and achieve what deep down we know we can achieve.
If there’s something that you really want to do, a goal you want to achieve, what would a little you do?