Sunday, August 23, 2009

A kid's mind

I just love how kids think. It's so carefree and unrestrained by all the silly "limitations" we adults have learned with time.

Here's an example: we just finished a vacation with cousins (my kids' cousins). They were all in the car yesterday, eagerly discussing Halloween and who's going to wear what costume. But then they all realized and lamented that in fact they would not be together for Halloween. So, immediately, my son said "Dad, can we fly to California for Halloween?".

It just tickled me pink! See, we live in Boston, MA, so flying to California is easily a 9 hr affair, one way, "door to door". Not to mention, expensive! But my son's thinking of course wasn't restrained by such silly things.

As adults the idea would never be allowed to cross our mind. Somewhere, deep in our brains, is a group of neurons that quickly and mercilessly kills off such thoughts before we can even think them. But there's no such limitation, yet, with a kid's mind.

If you spend even a small amount of time with any child, you'll see many examples of this unrestrained thinking, and it's delightfully refreshing. We all should strive not to grow up. It's easily the best thing you could do for yourself!

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