- Mark Laing
- Hagersville Ontario
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Is the notion of "adult" a misleading myth?
Grow up! Act like an adult! These are things we may have heard when growing up. Yet, do I want to become an adult? What is the benefit? I am not suggesting we stay childish but perhaps there is merit in honing our skills to become more childlike? Business coach Robin Sharma says it hit him one day when he asked his kids what they were up to. They replied, "We're going to play!" He wondered at what point had he lost this gift of "playing."
To be an "adult" (seems to me), to be filled with fear, stress, and brain numbing pragmatism. To be childlike is not the same as childish. One can still be responsible and accountable and still be childlike...full of wonder, acceptance and the willingness to try.
In fact, I wonder if "childish" is somehow synonymous with "adult? Adults who want what they want when they want it. Who pout and give the silent treatment to those who do not cooperate with them. Who drink, eat and smoke too much while being mostly sedentary. Doesn't this "adult" sound like a brat? Childish?
To maintain and develop our sense of child-likeness would encourage creativity, passion, fun while developing responsibility and accountability.