Is anything more magical than the wonder of a child? Their eyes open, their minds eager to draw in the thoughts and experiences? How crushing it must be as they get older to have that stifled and snuffed out. The wonder of a child is an amazing and precious thing and should be welcomed and encouraged, not driven out of them.
What happens as we get older? Where does that wonder, that wide eyed desire to learn, experiment, and discover things go? How do we lose our desire for new experiences?
As we get older, we're forced by society to become more focused and less fanciful. Our questions are met with clinical answers and we're told to take them as “The Truth”. Many places crush a person down if they ask a question, offer an idea not within the limits that authority believes should be placed, etc.
We can still maintain our wonder as adults. We just have to be willing to ask questions. To leave behind the restrictions of our lives and open ourselves to new experiences. I lost my desire for such things a long time ago. I was content to plod along in my narrow little bubble, not seeing, not learning, not asking questions.
Then I met Himself. He shook me to my core because here was a young man who didn't stop asking questions. I didn't think that was possible. I thought everything had to be explained and once that explanation was given it was the only way. He showed me a different way.
It's taken me fifteen years of constant exposure to Himself to finally get to the point where I'll freely ask questions. I'll look something up if I want to know an answer. Yes, there are times where I just want the answer handed to me. I'll admit I get lazy. But Himself pushes me to keep developing my sense of curiosity, my desire to know more.
I'm sure I don't have to ask you, my blog readers, if you've maintained your sense of wonder. If you're here, you probably have. So many of my followers are writers, readers, or both. But if you see someone struggling, if you know someone who no longer believes, then give them a nudge. Show them that there is still some wonder in their adult world. Let them discover for themselves that there are still things to be curious about.