3 months ago
Darlene. She always told me I could be anything I wanted to be. My childlike wonder would move my life choices from a painter to an archeologist to an explorer, or whatever whimsical idea would pop into my imagination of what I could grow up to be. Life was filled with excitement and possibilities as a child, but as I got older, others told me it was childish to think that way when she wasn’t around anymore to say otherwise. And I believed them. It took two thirds of my life to realize they were all wrong, through a long time of darkness and negativity and idleness. But the childlike optimism about possibilities in life should be chased and CAN be caught. As a kid I ran through woods as an adventurer, splashed through creeks as a pirate, pretended I could fly like Peter Pan away from the bad times in the house to any place in the world that I could think up. I thought I could be anything in the world, but I let myself think I could only be a waiter or clerk later. And though it took the better part of my life to realize it, I’m happy I’ve re-discovered that these dreams of what we could be while we were kids are possible. Now I am traveling around the world exploring and sailing and creating. My 20 year old self couldn’t have dreamed this up, but my 6 year old self had. We can be sailors or explorers or artists, you just have to believe. Think back to that wonder and desire to reach as high as we can for something astronomically great, and reach for it again, because we all deserve that in life. The child in all of us deserves that.