JULY 24TH 2015
CANDY COLOURED STRIPES
The South River. Powassan, ON. CANADA.
Spontaneity; it's so liberating!
Personally I like everything just so: I like making plans and sticking to them, I like staying clean, and I'm not particularly fond of getting muddy or wet. When I was a child things like making plans and staying clean weren't even on my radar! If I felt like jumping in a puddle I didn't pause first to think about how long it would take me to dry off or whether or not my shoes would be ruined, I just jumped in!
Simply wading into this stream unaffected by my usual practical thoughts was just as refreshing as the water I was immersed in. It made me realize that as I've grown up I've lost some good things along the way, one of them being childlike spontaneity. I often overthink situations rather than simply letting loose and enjoying life to the fullest. After stumbling across the quote below I thought to myself how easy it is to grow up completely. As people age they often lose a lot of their childhood traits as the responsibilities of life can be overwhelming. Everyone knows at least one person who is very stern and doesn't seem to know how to enjoy life or have fun anymore. I don't ever want to be that person. I want to be like Peter Pan and never grow up.
Playing in the water wearing a colourful summer dress was the closest I've felt to being wonderfully childish in a long time. From now on I'm going to try to be more spontaneous and do something childlike every day if possible!
"SPONTANEITY, the hallmark of childhood, is well worth cultivating to counteract the rigidity that may otherwise set in as we grow older."
- Gail Sheehy