Young children do not act: they simply are. They BE. So when someone says a child is acting this way or that way, they – I think – are misinterpreting the raw spirit that children are fortunate to have.
When a child is hungry, they want food, they cry for food, they enter the pantry …When a child is angry, they scream, pout, throw a temper tantrum …When a child is tired, they sleep …When a child is loved, they return the love, give hugs, feel safe …When a child is curious, they ask, they drive you crazy … When a child needs to pick their nose, they pick their nose – you followin’ me here?
But what about adults? When an adult displays behavior that most find foolish or self-indulgent, they are deemed childish. Which, in retrospect should be a compliment if it also means their conduct is indicative of their true state of being. (Re-read that sentence. Its OK- lots of big words in there.)
And so, what brings me sit at this particular pointy spot on the fence pole … it’s like this … not all that long ago, I was in a situation which led me to act out my raw and undiluted feelings and whilst I was having my little episode, to some people I may have looked well, childish … and truth be known, Looking back I would have to agree that my “performance” shall we say, was a tad bit irresponsible. Not infantile. But perhaps a bit rash.
But don’t you think that sometimes, a genuine action, be it one that appears foolish, is sometimes an action worthy of being called a fool, so long as you have been frank and clear with your feelings?
Today’s society, I think, has placed too much credence in being politically correct. Or keeping the peace. Or swallowing pride. Or biting one’s tongues. People need to wake-up and be truthful … say what you need to say (no, I was not trying to quote John Mayer, but he’s got a point … even if your hands are shaking …) There is nothing wrong with expressing your real self.
Now this does not mean you have the right to be rude or uncouth. We should, as humans, respect our fellow man. But there are times when we should also speak from the top of our thoughts, even at the risk of appearing childish. And then there are times that we should simply walk away …(sigh) I suppose, it’s knowing when to turn the other cheek and when to throw that temper tantrum that makes us adults, good adults :-)