Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Life's Too Short

Hula Hoopin' in Columbus Circle
Originally uploaded by lorenzodom

Life's Too Short

The other day I was sitting in the subway, anxious about being late to a friend's performance.

Across from me were seated two children, an older sister and younger brother apparently, roughly ages 4 and 6.

Their playfulness reminded me of my sons, Nicky and Enzo, ages almost 6 and 8 and half.

These kids were poking each other and gradually increasing the pressure of each touch; moving from lithe graces to loud smacks in the face.

Regardless of how painful some of the hits seemed to be, they both remained cheerful, unspiteful and giggled raucously the entire time. They were having the time of their lives with this unstructured, pointless play. It was truly inspiring and prompted me to reflect upon how ghastly earnest I tend to be.

Life is too short to take it so seriously.

You Don't Have to Go Home from Work Exhausted!" by A.R. McGlashan

Fifteen childhood characteristics that sometimes get lost in adults:

1. Seek out things that are fun to do
2. Jump from one interest to another
3. Curious, eager to try new things
4. Smile and laugh a lot
5. Experience and express emotions freely
6. Creative and innovative
7. Physically active
8. Constantly growing mentally and physically
9. Risk often - are not afraid to keep trying something that they aren't initially good at
and aren't afraid to fail
10. Rest when their body tells them to
11. Learn enthusiastically
12. Dream and imagine
13. Believe in the impossible
14. Generally don't worry about things
15. Passionate

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