I can never answer questions like these. I think too much. Go too far into the repercussions and or circumstances — like well duh, I’d rather be a happy child who’s loved and cared for, than a miserable adult. Conversely, I’d rather be a happy, successful adult than a lonely, uncared for child.
But even if you assume the conditions of one’s eternal age — should you be given one and should you really have to choose — are positive, I still wouldn’t be able to choose … because what’s better? To live forever a child, carefree, spontaneous and joyful OR to spend eternity as an adult with the memories of that cheery childhood and the ability to make a difference in the world; perhaps even in the life of a not so fortunate child?
Well, now that I’ve asked the question, I am slapped with the answer that IF I had to live forever as either a child, an adolescent, or an adult, I would choose to be an adult — and I would hope that somewhere along the course of my perpetuity that I would make a difference in a child’s life … because the children are our future and one day, they’d grow up to be my contemporary. And I think I’d prefer to live with other grownups that were given the chance at a happy childhood rather than a crappy one.
Oh, and as for being an adolescent stuck forever in puberty – who in their right mind would ever choose that? Bleck! I mean could there be a worse fate than an eternity in puberty?
Today’s post sponsored by The Daily Prompt: Golden Age – “If you had to live forever as either a child, an adolescent, or an adult, which would you choose — and why?”
“It never hurts to think too highly of a person; often they become ennobled and act better because of it.” ~ Nelson Mandela
It goes without saying that it is easy — or much easier — to have positive thoughts for people whom you already think highly of. For people that you love. People that you hold close to your heart. People, that you would walk to the ends of the Earth for — say your children. But what about the more difficult people? I’m not referring to the ax murderers of the world … I’ll leave those for God to deal with … but what about the irritating people? The ones who cut you off on the road. The ones that sit right in front of you in the movie theater regardless of the multitude of other open seats. The ones that won’t stop chatting it up with the clerk at the grocery making it next to impossible to pay for your broccoli and leave already. Or the ones (yes, you know where I’m going with this if you know me at all) that chew their gum as if it were their last meal on Earth. What about the irritating folks who leave you feeling exasperated after even the shortest contact … the ones that make you want to scream out loud how much you HATE their bothersome existence — what about them? Is it possible to have empathy for them? To, gulp, as the late Nelson Mandela suggested, “think highly of”? Continue reading
I used to believe in destiny. I mean why not? It’s a cozy little comfortable shelf to sit on – because when bad things happen, well, destiny’s there for the blame. Right? Right.
BUT … then someone taught me about freewill … and I remembered reading Robert Frost and I instantly understood that while we might all have some sort of providence within our grasp, it is the realization or paths we must take to get there, that often times provides us the biggest challenge.
So be it fate, be it our God given calling, or be it an instinctual yet unnamed craving to go one way versus the other, we still have to make that decision. We have to jump off destiny’s safe little ledge and make choices – that’s the wonderful, and admittedly sometimes not so wonderful part, about being human. Lucky us.
“I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.” ~ Buddha
Where will you take your destiny today? This short, but hopefully thought provoking post, inspired by The Daily Prompt: Que Sera Sera – “Do you believe in fate or that you can control your own destiny?”
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see” ~ Henry David Thoreau
Have you ever driven through the Pacific Northwest or the Redwoods? Or taken an airplane over the Ozarks, the Cascades, the Appalachian or Blue Ridge Mountains? If so, then undoubtedly you’ve seen some hearty landscape – forest lands as far as your eyes could see; peaks and valleys dotted with “leftover” trees or newly planted saplings. It can be mesmerizing. And, although it’s the same scenery for everyone’s eyes, it can come across entirely different.
When I look out my office window, I see trees – cherry, blue fir, maple, ash and redbuds. I love the different colors, heights, shapes … and it’s these individual facets that lend depth to a landscape; much like individual characteristics help to define a human being … Continue reading