Childhood teaches you a lot.
Whether you would like to agree or not, that’s up to you. However, after my last post, I started thinking about things that remind me of child hood.
With each thing that I thought of, I realized that it taught me a valuable skill or lesson. Seriously, call me crazy, but it’s true.
Marlin didn’t give up trying to find Nemo. Dory didn’t give up trying to remember P. Sherman Wallaby Way, Sydney. Nemo didn’t give up trying to escape the tank. With each sweet character, determination is evident. Whether or not I realized it as a child watching this movie (repeatedly), they taught me determination. Nothing comes easy and you have to work for it. It won’t be handed to you; you will have to work hard for it, but don’t give up. It’s worth it in the end.
2. Take a Risk.
It’s actually disgusting, if you think about it. Green ketchup. It didn’t look good on my plate and yet, I thought it was cool that my fries looked like goop. I was a weird child, yes, but trying green ketchup challenged me to take a risk. Growing up, I’ve had to take a lot of risks– applying to colleges, standing up for what I believe, pushing myself to go outside of my comfort zone. Maybe tasting green ketchup didn’t lead up to every risk I’ve taken, but as kids, we don’t think about the consequences or what others might think. You just do it.
I give a lot of credit to the McDonalds lady who would bend over backwards trying to find that last Hello Kitty watch so I could have the prize I wanted instead of the stupid Hulk action figure. But sometimes, it wouldn’t work out perfectly. I’d be stuck with the boy’s toy and although at first I would be horrified that a girl had to play with a boy toy, I learned how to accept compromise. Life isn’t going to work exactly the way you want it to– sometimes, you have to compromise what you want so others can be happy, too. It’s not your way or the high way and I think secretly, McDonalds tries to teach that to kids when they never have enough girl toys to go around… #NotBitterAtAll
Slow internet. I remember the weird signs it would make while trying to connect to my e-mail. At age nine, I had my first e-mail account. I would e-mail my grand parents and my friends. Remember the strange forwards that were like “Forward these to ten people or you’ll die alone with in the next 5 years!” Yeah… I was a sucker for those. I remember the days of dial-up Internet connections and the moments of my fingers drumming on my leg waiting for it to work. Patience.
5. Lying isn’t okay.
As a child, I was mad at Max and Emmy. Every episode, they lied to their mom and didn’t tell her they played with dragons on a regular basis. Yeah, it’s all make believe and they played with Zach and Weezy and the whole gang. As a kid, I never understood why they didn’t want their mom to know what they really did. Lying isn’t okay and it never will be.
I remember one summer day very clearly. I wanted to make money. I couldn’t wait for allowance day. It had to be that day. It was hot (very hot) and so, I pushed my little chair to the corner of the street. I brought a few cups and sat them on the ground. I mixed a pitcher of lemonade, sploshed it down the street as I walked, but made it to my destination with about half a pitcher full of iced lemonade…and I waited. My first customer, a very kind neighbor, paid 25 cents for it. My first job. Although it was only 25 cents, I had worked for it. Entrepreneurship. Work hard, get the 25 cents.
7. Critical Thinker.
Being the nerd that I am, I loved Nancy Drew mysteries as a kid. I couldn’t put them down– I wanted to solve the crime before Nancy did (never happened, though). Critical thinking. Think outside the box. This book in particular, The Secret of the Old Clock, was by far my favorite.
8. Adventure is fun.
No matter what we did for fun as kids, we enjoyed it. Whether it was playing pirates in the play house or swinging so high you thought you could reach the clouds, every day was an adventure. Even if you didn’t succeed at first (like the kid above trying to go down the slip ‘n slide = #fail), you made memories doing it. Adventure is fun and putting yourself out there can be, too. Being serious is needed at times, but never create a life that adventure can’t sneak its way in. Adventure doesn’t equal stupidity. Adventure is a state of mind and I think kids, of all people, have learned this one the best. Adventure is out there; you just have to find it.