Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Kids are the ultimate pretenders. They can use their vivid imaginations to conjure up all sorts of superheroes, villains, animals or cartoon characters and they truly believe what they have conjured up is real. All it takes is the mere act of vocalizing the wish for it to be true. My sons can simply say "I am a lion" or "I am Davy Crockett" and it becomes fact. No bells or whistles, no pomp and circumstance, just a simple belief and a statement as such makes it true.
As adults we tend to take things a bit more seriously. We know after a few shattered dreams and unrealized goals that it takes more than mere wishful thinking to make something come true. As we age and become more proficient at amassing failures (whether real of perceived) we leave behind a little of the naiveté of our youth and transform from unapologetic dreamers to cynical bubble-bursters. Our belief systems become altered because they are constantly challenged and as a result we play it safe. I know I typically abide by the rule, "better safe than sorry" but what child do you know that would ever place those kinds of limits on himself? The belief that they are indestructible and can be or do whatever they want to be or do is what we should constantly be reminding ourselves of not trying to bury with idealized notions of what it is to be an adult.
Watch a child at play and learn a lesson or two. Give yourself the ability to use your imagination, dream big, make mistakes and learn from them. Don't we teach our kids to never stop believing they can accomplish any task that they put their minds to? The tasks will take time, energy and effort. It may even take even more time, energy and effort than originally thought but anything is achievable if the belief exists. No obstacles, barriers or naysayers can take away your desires or your dreams without your consent.
It sounds simple, yes, but the bottom line is if you don't believe in yourself, who will?