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What does childlike wonder exactly look like? How can we mimic a child’s perspective in a world where everything becomes dark and weary for every grown-up? Here are secrets to looking at life through the eyes of a child.
Childlike wonder is the feeling of a little kid looking at rocket ships, galaxies, animals, and the rainbow for the first time. However, childlike wonder doesn’t last long. As people grow up, they realize the gruesome reality of doing whatever they can to survive. And as you look at your child, you sometimes ask yourself how they take things according to their understanding.
You’re often curious about how they digest things and translate whatever they perceive with their five senses. And sometimes, you’re curious if you’ve ever felt or will feel the same way now that you’re an adult. If you struggle with grasping how children look at things in wonder, how will you tell, especially if it’s your own?
Observe your children. Please note how they look at life and navigate the world around them. Youth is the most beautiful yet fleeting moment of a person’s life, and it’s also a time when many things are excusable. People can blame every tantrum on one’s youth and roll their eyes with affection. A book titled “Mona’s Mitten a Story to MOVE to” by Kristina Orliczky is a great way to start to increase your awareness of what childlike wonder is. Inspiring exercise stories for children might even unlock your inner child.
Why is it crucial to value childlike wonder?
Life becomes emotionally abusive over time, and it slowly kills us inside. Without a healthy way to teach our children how to cope with difficulties early on, we fail as their parents, supposedly their role models. But if you look at your children closely and how they get thrilled over the silliest things – isn’t it envious how they can feel that way?
Picture the face of a child who meets their puppy for the first time, their shocked expressions upon seeing a present given by Santa, or seeing money under their pillow after hiding their pulled-out tooth for the tooth fairy to come and collect. That amalgamation of little moments that only a child can experience once in their lives makes childlike wonder a once-in-a-lifetime.
They have that mindset because children might not have had enough experience in life and built realities that shaped the adult that some of us are. Maintaining this demeanor works positively for our well-being. An example would be Albert Einstein. He chose to retain the thought pattern and sense of awe that a child has. He allowed himself to get lost in the admiration and curiosity that an average child would have.
Einstein perfectly embodied a child’s curiosity and ability to hold multiple thought processes simultaneously. As a result, he contributed significantly to various fields of science. He also allowed himself to feel confusion and revel at the slightest hint of progress. According to him, people don’t grow old. Einstein believes that everyone should be like curious children whenever there’s a great mystery before them.
How do you put yourself in a child’s shoes?
You don’t have to squeeze your feet into a child’s shoes – they wouldn’t fit at all. However, there are ways in which you can channel your inner child and learn from other kids around you. Here are seven secrets to maintaining a childlike wonder in life:
Always put on a smile.
Whether you feel like it or not, smile. It may seem like it doesn’t make sense when it comes to thinking like a child would, but choosing to smile helps relieve you of what you’re carrying through, even just a bit. You experience an unadulterated enthusiasm for the fun and exciting things in life. Beginning with the choice to smile makes all the other steps easier.
Kindness is key.
Whenever you can, give words of encouragement and appreciate people. Compliment them for pulling through life, even though they haven’t achieved something significant. Greet the people you know when you pass by them. Most importantly, always see the best in people. If you put others first without expecting anything in return, it gives you a sense of accomplishment.
Such acts help you develop genuine kindness, which is integral in having a childlike wonder about the world. With compassion being connected to contentedness, you learn to live with what you have and be truly grateful for having the simplest yet best things in life.
Never lose that curiosity.
Adulthood drained the life out of us due to following a strict routine that helps us survive. We lose our sense of curiosity and childlike wonder because we can’t do things impulsively like we used to. Regardless of whether you get joked around, no matter how silly the question is, don’t stop your curiosity from showing in situations that call for it.
Listen with both your ears and heart.
Children are known to be forgiving and understanding since that is what’s usually taught to them by their parents or elders. They are also straightforward yet sympathetic towards the ones who did them wrong and, at the same time, help them. Avoid jumping to conclusions when you have yet to grasp the situation entirely. Wait to act on your emotions immediately so you will get the right idea. Like children, don’t doubt the sincerity of others.