What It’s Like to Live A Childhood Dream

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“The best way to live a full life is to be a child, no matter what your age” — Unknown

When I was in Grade 3, we had to write down what we wanted to be when we grew up. I distinctly remember putting down “I want to be a writer”. I mean, that was a pretty grown up ambition. The funny thing about kids is that they see no limitations to what they could be — an artist, a ninja, a dinosaur; in fact, if they really wanted, they could be all three things.

IT BRINGS BACK A SENSE OF WONDER AND CURIOSITY

Everything has now become an inspiration.

Writing has brought back that sense of wonder and curiosity for me. It makes me research, read, ask questions; and hopefully through all that, find a sliver of hope and inspiration.

I DON’T CARE ABOUT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK

“Thinking too much of what others think of you ultimately changes what you think of yourself”- Unknown

IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE I’M ACTUALLY MAKING A DIFFERENCE

“Be the change you want to see in the world” — Mahatma Ghandi

I don’t doubt myself

I don’t think we ever doubt ourselves when we’re kids. We make decisions based on our immediate needs, say what we’re thinking and expect people to listen and truly believe in it. As we grow up, doubt starts to set in, easy decisions are made into difficult ones and we refuse to trust our own judgement. It’s a horrible mindset that is still a work in progress for me.

I’m striving for the best version of me in that moment

Many of us become stagnant and complacent. We end up settling for what we have rather than striving for new goals. We become comfortable with being comfortable.

“To be more childlike, you don’t have to give up being an adult. The fully integrated person is capable of being both an adult and a child simultaneously. Recapture the childlike feelings of wide-eyed excitement, spontaneous appreciation, cutting loose, and being full of awe and wonder at this magnificent universe.” — Wayne Dyer

We often have a pivot point between becoming an adult and childhood, usually defined by age. We’re under the impression that the two cannot intermingle and we can never turn back.

Living life imperfectly and as creatively as possible. www.alicevuong.com