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Can you unlearn being adult and get back in touch with some of the stuff that you met on the way while growing up?

We often read about the ‘wonder and awe of being a child’ (or words to that effect).

For me this means how I used to feel when I was very young when I experienced something I was excited by for the first time.

I have a few memories like that; a particular Easter egg; an expensive book on insects which I was unexpectedly given; my newly painted bike… The memories are vivid and sensory (they all involve smell and emotion as well as imagery).

I suppose, as we get older, very little is actually new to us, and our ability to be awe-struck fades.

Is it just me?


3 Responses to “Can We Unlearn Being Adult?”

  1. David Attenborough is a prime example of someone who never lost the ‘wonder and awe of being a child’

  2. Thanks for this blog Barry. Sadly I don’t think it’s just you. As adults I think we get jaded by life’s stuff & become blind to new things. I’m aware of this in my own life so I’m training myself to see the wonder in small things. Only the other day I saw a green woodpecker flying over & although it’s not new to me, I did stop to take in this wonderful experience. I even let myself become excited & called my husband out to see it. We were rewarded by the woodpecker flying over 3 times. I do let my inner child surface more & more these days & this feels GREAT!


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