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Why You Shouldn’t Let Go Of Your Inner Child

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Why You Shouldn’t Let Go Of Your Inner Child

Growing up is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you let go of your innocent, fun-loving side

Childhood is the best period of our lives, isn’t it? Children are uninhibited and free, with no major worries or responsibilities. Funnily enough, when we’re kids, we are in a hurry to grow up. When we grow up, we realise that adulthood is fraught with endless complications and being a child was just so much better!

Growing up is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you let go of your innocent, fun-loving side. Here’s why you must learn to embrace your inner child:

1. It’s the only way to live life to the fullest

What makes a child’s life so colourful? The fact that they see the world through new eyes literally every single day. The most trivial things excite them, and the most banal events make them happy.

Hyderabad-based engineer Lubna Shaikh, 26, feels that being child-like (not childish) makes life worth living.

She says, “As adults, there are too many monotonous tasks we have to do on a daily basis, not to mention unexpected hurdles and tragedies. To reduce disillusionment, we have to hold on to certain qualities we had as kids – such as having dreams and believing in them, laughing with abandon, being creative, etc. I feel it’s the only way to live if we want to avoid becoming jaded.”

I totally agree. If you want a happier, more memorable life, you have to be a child at heart.

2. It opens your mind to choose who you’re meant to be

Children have an innate sense of wonder, which enables them to live without pretence.

Take the case of my 5-year-old nephew. His unbridled enthusiasm for the most mundane things is both refreshing and inspiring.

We adults live so much of our lives on autopilot. It’s a darn shame. We really need to be more like kids to make life intriguing and authentic. And one way of doing that is being brave enough to try new things without worrying about failure or judgment.

Kashmiri Journalist Irfan Rashid, 25, shares why we should retain our childlike thought process.

“Childhood is the best part of our life. As time passes, we lose our innocence and get frightened by society. Before taking any action, we start looking for outside approval.

“As grown-ups, we believe we shouldn’t do ‘kiddish’ things and act mature. Who cares? We shouldn’t give a damn! We must strive to live life like a child who is free from all worries and lives in the present, without worrying about the past and the future.”

Sure, school’s out forever and playtime is now a thing of  the past, but that doesn’t mean the child in us has gone anywhere. For as long as you are alive, there’s always going to be a part of you that will be childlike.

Makes no sense to try and disconnect from something so integral and pure, right?

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Mahevash Shaikh is the twenty-something author of Busting Clichés. She loves to write, draw and laugh (among other things). You can find her using words and pictures to express herself and redefine the word "normal" at www.mahevashmuses.com.

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