Kids are so excited.
Every corner they turn is part of an ongoing adventure.
Every butterfly is a new butterfly and the best one ever.
Every breath they take is the first one, part of something fresh and unique.
Although they don’t know all of that.
Kids don’t really need spectacular, outrageous stuff, because they’re still directly connected to the innate spectacle of life.
They’re not lost in ideas about how it was or how it should be, but wonder around with big open eyes in a world that is always new, always created in the moment.
With everything they do comes this great curiosity, a wonder that overflows their being in the world, and turns life into an unfolding miracle.
Most grown-ups lose that feeling of open anticipation.
After years of following the rules and abiding to societal ideas and getting into situations, we start to believe that we already know what will happen.
You meet a friend but you’ve met friends before.
You see a butterfly but you know what they look like.
You do your job, take a walk, watch a movie, kiss your partner, but you’re actually reliving old days at work, old walks, old movies and old kisses.
When we grow up, without realizing it, we start to live in subtle predictions, in neatly scripted scenarios and pre-lived situations.
It’s like life is already sucked out of everything we do, right before we do it.
And it means that we hardly ever see what’s really going on, because we unconsciously think we already know what it will be like.
It creates a layer of same-old-same-old over most of what we come across.
It’s only sometimes that we still feel this uncontaminated, fluttering excitement.
When we go on a special trip around the world that we have been planning for years, when we start our new job, or go on a first date.
The feelings of exhilaration are reserved for special occasions.
We forget to look with new eyes.
And that is a sad thing.
Because this childlike way of being in the world, this living in the moment in a most authentic and spontaneous and uncomplicated way, is the key to simplicity.
The door to a buzzing feeling of contentment.
The bridge to happiness.
Knowing that we’re always able to reconnect to that familiar spirit is not just very hopeful, but also extremely exciting.
It brings back the appreciation for corners, butterflies and breathing.
And living like that, is like surfing on joy.