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Life Lessons Children Can Teach Us

August 3, 2022

From the moment children take their first breath, adults are responsible for nurturing, educating, and helping them navigate the tough world we live in. Taking on the role of a teacher therefore is considered typical, often overlooking the lessons children can teach us.

Paulo Coelho once said, “a child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.”

A child’s perspective on life differs from an adult as their views come from innocence, authenticity, and positivity. This stems from the idea of self-expression as they have the freedom to act spontaneously without any hurdles of criticism.

Adults tend to feel a sense of superiority over children as they believe they devour knowledge through their life experiences that their children have yet to discover. However, besides guiding them, adults should be open to exploring the pure lens through which youngsters approach life, becoming a lesson for their own self. Carefreeness is a characteristic most individuals neglect as they go about their stressful day trying to keep up with their schedule, in comparison to kids who live in the present moment.

Finding the essence of what you love stems from pausing, thinking, and changing your routine so it blends with what gives you joy.

Growing older we realize that it gets tougher to express our emotions to the ones around us – the young role models in our lives can teach us to be fearless and do so with no regrets. Kids scream when they’re angry, cry when they’re sad, squeal when they’re happy, and whine when they’re irritated. Personal traits such as passion and determination define the younger generation, as they work in building a Lego house for hours and put together a puzzle in days not thinking that they are ‘wasting time’ – they have a purpose. Finding your drive therefore means to engage in activities that provide meaning to you.

To be a child means to appreciate the small things life has to offer. When days are monotonous and repetitive, we should look back and reflect on our younger self, the one which was once inspired and motivated by what we now may call ‘unimportant’. Never losing the child within you is the simple key to a life cycle filled with happiness, humbleness, and pleasure.

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