Never Forget, Never Grow Up

Lets start this advice with an important distinction. Everyone grows old. However if you really know what you’re doing, you don’t have to grow up.

Peter Pan, Pinocchio, and Plato each had something to say about this. That makes me a late-comer to the game, but I assure you it’s a game you need to win the first time around, because there’s no second. And while growing old has its rewards — people open doors for you and occasionally even offer you their seat — the rewards are thin gruel compared with the feast from seeing a brutish world through the gauze of childhood innocence.

Innocence not as in ignorance of the world’s unseen dangers, but rather as in receptivity to its un-apreciated beauties. Something like stretching out on the autumn grass, looking up at the crisp blue, and listening to Louie Armstrong’s ‘What A Wonderful World’ for the very first time.

Or maybe giggling at that gaggle of invitations you find in your next sunrise….

Or greeting that first snowfall with a snowball instead of a snarl…

Or when caught in traffic, counting out-of-state license plates instead of cursing tail-lights…

Or when stuck at the end of a checkout line, making smiley faces at the kids…

Or if the elders in front of you are slow, thinking grandma & grandpa…

Or being sure when you go to bed this night you study the magic of the moon hiding just outside your window…

Oh and most all, never ever thinking of these magical holidays as days to get-things-done. Instead, they shall be as they once were — days to let-things-go.

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