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Jerell Parker

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When did we as human beings lose our child like nature? When did we give up on our dreams and goals?

I'm a Senior in High School and I have begun to notice that I'm not as playful as I used to be. I don't joke about stuff and I'm way more serious. Yes I understand this is growing up but do I really have to undergo this process to fit in to main stream society. So my question when did we lose ourselves when did we allow circumstances and people around us to determine who we should be?

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    Oct 13 2011: I certainly did. I became a highly responsible adult for many years and lost something important. I got it back when my children were little some of the time and yet I fell back into that old 'responsible' pattern. In order to take back what I think of as our birthright, the joyful interaction with the world, I had to really consider what I wanted my life to be. I first took an art class where I forced myself to be less critical of the product I produced and I really enjoyed it. In the end though, it took the shattering of part of my life and the pattern that I had set for me to truly embrace a new old spirit. The big changes that are happening in my life right now are as a result of choosing joy and meaningful existence over the daily safe choices.
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      Oct 13 2011: But when exactly did you notice that you had changed to a less playful person who was more critical of everyone and everything
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        Oct 16 2011: Hi Jerell, I think it happened to me in chunks and certain events made me less and less playful. I suffered a trauma at about 4 that turned me a serious child who coloured within the lines of life and it made things seem far less optimistic and safe.

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