[the final challenge]: remembrance. live boldly.
One year ago, the monotony of college applications and growing up pushed me to create an unusual new year’s resolution: doing something childish every day. So this is how my year has been spent—stargazing. Jumping (and breaking) my bed. Creating masterpieces from chalk and crayon. Running away from home, throwing paint, writing on walls, laughing, exploring, getting lost. Creation and beauty enriched every day of this past year.
But a question lingered at the back of my mind like a ghost—why is childhood special? Things that used to come naturally suddenly became awkward and foreign, ironed out from adulthood. But after all these challenges, I think I understand a fragment of what makes childhood special:
Children know how to see the world. Everything is new. Everything is exciting. Everything is an adventure. Fear and insecurity are alien to them, because they are wrapped in the safe cocoon of being fresh and green to the world. They are enthralled with the magnificent and entertained with the interesting.
But this discovery yields a fear as well. This childish, rich perception stimulates joy and innovation. But what if people forget? What if that lovely curiosity of childhood becomes packaged and boxed up, collecting dust on forgotten shelves?
Friends, let’s not forget. Don’t let go of that fresh curiosity and love of the new. It’s easy to slip into the conundrum of the ordinary, the hum of routine, and stark concrete walls of logic. I know because I’ve been hypnotized by that seductive hum of growing up. But I’ve learned through this project that adventure is everywhere—growing in your backyard and waiting patiently in stacks of paper and pens on your desk. Journeys flow into the next, possibility is abundant; our eyes just have to capture their flare. We are always learning, always shifting, always changing.
Thanks for celebrating this rich year with me as it draws to a close. But it’d be foolish to say it’s over. Something radiant lurks out there.
I’m going to keep chasing after it.
Adventure with me.