3 12 2011

How did you become more of a grown-up this year? Or did you pull a Peter Pan and stubbornly remain childlike? – Bethany

Honestly, I’m having a hard time concentrating because the other day Katie posted a link to this guy’s site and he kind of gets into your head. So at the moment “Peter Pan” brings something entirely different to mind than what I think Bethany had in mind. (Or maybe that is exactly what she had in mind. What do I know?)

In all seriousness, I think I’ve done varying degrees of both this year. While working on things like Allowing the Stupid, I’ve had to take a step back in some ways; to become childlike and meet a milestone I never allowed myself before. But there is something that a divorce and a parent’s death does that bumps you along farther into adulthood in a massive way.

And as with all things in life, I think the two go together very well. The yin and yang. A truly wise person embraces youthfulness, and knows the time and place for it. To be mature means you must be able to be childlike as well. Either to draw from that resource when it is time to learn to become more fully you, or when it is time to live life itself more fully. People, like gemstones, have facets. And, to be completely human, and deeply wise, you must have some fact of childishness. I think I feel a new SoulCollage card.

And I am so gonna grab a ring tonight.




One response

3 12 2011

Sweet lord, Peter Pan’s page boy, tights and music are burning my eyes and brain. Thank you for introducing me to that. I like the gemstone metaphor and agree that it has to be about balance, though right now I really want to stay up late and eat popcorn and watch movies while the adult me knows I need a good night’s sleep. Damn adult facet.

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