Each one of us in our life goes through a phase known as “childhood”. That is the most precious and golden time of a human’s life. The time that passes by in ignorance and carelessness, and is yet the most beautiful one, yet the most precious of all. Teenagehood and adulthood are the next phases of our lives. Each one of them comes with solo responsibilities, worries, and tasks. Each one shouldering us with more and more responsibilities as each day passes by. But childhood is the only phase that isn’t prone to the need of accomplishing tasks and taking responsibility. That is the only time when happiness is different, when emotions are different, and when a human enjoys their food to the fullest without having to worry about their families’ welfare, betterment, finances, care, and many more.
According to John Banville, “Happiness was different in childhood. It was so much then a matter simply of accumulation, of taking things—new experiences, new emotions—and applying them like so many polished tiles to what would someday be the marvelously finished pavilion of the self”.
Each one of us had a different childhood, different expresses, and different experiences. The only thing common is that innocence was at its peak. Innocence was common for each one of us. As time passed by, each one of us experienced new thoughts, and new emotions, and we became prone to new approaches. We gained many new things but we lost our childhood gift, innocence. We lost it for good and no matter how much we try now, we can never have it. No one can. As said by Walt Steightiff, “There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million”.
It never lasts though. Childhood comes by but it doesn’t stay forever. For some, it might be a guest for a timespan of 7 years, it might be 10, and for some be 20. But no matter how much time it takes to stay as your guest, it has to go, one day, sooner or later. And then, those people who were blessed with a happy childhood were really lucky. Not everyone can have a happy childhood. Not everyone can stay careless and ignorant throughout their childhood. It takes lucky people to experience all that. After growing up, we go through all phases but have we ever thought to ourselves, have we questioned ourselves regarding our childhood and all? While comparing our lives with someone, have we ever thought to ourselves what we had during our childhood and what we didn’t? Forget adulthood, that comes with many worries and tasks, and responsibilities. How about childhood? It was innocent for all, but not happy though.
According to Walter Anderson, “Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have—life itself”.
This is what we should always keep in our mind. This is what we should always remember. This is what we should be focused on. Us. Ourselves. That’s what matters. As said by E.E. Cummings, “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are”. So become the best version of yourself that is admirable, not the worth kicking.