If you ever read the title of this site somewhere “A child stuck in adulthood” you will understand that I have always been troubled by the sense of maturity. I had to be mature at a very young age because of a series of situations… by the time I was 12 I had already had to protect my sister from a gun fight… but that is a whole other story… by the time I was 16 I had to learn a brand new language, learn how to rent an apartment in a brand new country and learn how to write checks to pay bills.
Even when I was younger, 6 – 10, I was very concentrated on school and I did not have time to goof of as much as other kids my age did. I went to a school that required me to really apply myself. I also had a really different situation when it came to peers, around the neighborhood I had friends my age, but everyone in my classes was at least two years older than me so I had to kind of speed up a lot of growing up because of that.
I still had time to play and do other kid stuff, but mentally I grew up very quickly because of all the responsabilities I had with school. I don’t regret it, I think it made me who I am now, and I cherish still having that child inside me screaming to get out. The funny thing about the subject of my blog is that it does not refer to me now as much as the child that had to grow up so quick to keep up with the world around him. I guess now I am more of an adult making sure that child never dies.
If you have never read the book The Little Prince you should. Like Harry Potter, which is another one of my favorite books, it makes you think back to when you were a child. Think of it a lot of the things I love todo as an adult are activities that in one form or another make me feel like a child. I love martial arts because every single time I take a belt test I feel that same fear I used to as a child to truly perform a task well… and then when you get that belt, the feeling is wonderful.
I think keeping your inner child alive is one of the most important things you need to do in your life. In a sense it is the easiest way to get back to your own humanity. Children are pure and innocent and life can take that away from you. Believing in people’s goodness is a great thing that must children can do, I think that is an awesome treat… just read the following joke and tell me that kids are not hilarious.
History According to Kids
* Ancient Egypt was old. It was inhabited by gypsies and mummies who
all wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert. The climate
of the Sarah is such that all the inhabitants have to live elsewhere.
* Solomon had three hundred wives and seven hundred porcupines. He
was an actual hysterical figure as well as being in the bible. It
sounds like he was sort of busy too.
* Socrates was a famous old Greek teacher who went around giving
people advice. They killed him. He later died from an overdose of
wedlock, which is apparently poisonous. After his death, his career
suffered a dramatic decline.
* Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The
Ides of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be
made king. Dying, he gasped out “Same to you Brutus.”
* Sir Francis Drake circumcised the world with a 100-foot clipper
which was very dangerous to all his men.
* The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. He
was born in the year 1564, supposedly on his birthday. He never made
much money and is famous only because of his plays. He wrote
tragedies, comedies, and hysterectomies, all in Islamic pentameter.
* Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented Congress.
Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of
the Declaration of Independence. Franklin discovered electricity by
rubbing two cats backward and also declared, ” A horse divided against
itself cannot stand.” He was a naturalist for sure. Franklin died in
1790 and is still dead.
* Bethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf that he
wrote loud music and became the father of rock and roll. He took long
walks in the forest even when everyone was calling for him. Bethoven
expired in 1827 and later died for this.
* Louis Pasteur discovered a cure for rabbits but I don’t know why.
* Madman Curie discovered radio. She was the first woman to do what
she did. Other women have become scientists since her but they didn’t
get to find radios because they were already taken.
* Karl Marx was one of the Marx Brothers. The other three were in the
movies. Karl made speeches and started revolutions. Someone in the
family had to have a job, I guess.