Entry 68: Little Thoughts
When was the last time you were a child?
When was the last time you ran through a department store and play hide-and-seek in the clothing racks? How about chase each other and play tag with balloons? What about dress up as pirates and ninjas and fought for control of the back yard?
Everything seems carefree and fun as a child; people buy your clothes, feed you each night, and devote most of their time to you. You have no real schedule, no place to be, or any obligations to upkeep.
But at the same time, a child is oblivious to how the world works. As adults, we try to place a blind eye towards all the hate and hardships in the world around us, but that doesn’t solve the problem. At what point do we realize how big the world is and take those first scary steps into adulthood?
As I help my mother with her daycare kids, I can see how ignorant they are towards what she says. She may tell them to wash their hands before they eat snack, but all they care about is food. She may tell them to hold hands as they cross the street, but all they want to do is race each other across. And she may tell them share the toys, but all they care about is themselves.
In a way, we are still children, but with more responsibility, which can be a drag at times. Although I want to spend all day working on my animation and building with LEGO bricks, I have people at my job who depend on my help and a family that wants to spend time with me.
Which brings me to a hypothetical question: if you could duplicate yourself, what would you and your clone do? Honestly, you can’t say that your clone will go to work all day while you catch up on Netflix, because your clone would want you to do the same thing. In a practical sense, as if you had a partner in crime, what would you do with your time?
We (myself and I) would finish a job twice as fast, play our favorite games together, and conquer a project with such efficiency. We could also conquer the world, but that requires us to go outside, so that’s out of the question.
How would you spend your time if it was doubled? What are you able to do in the same amount of time that you have now if you got rid of the unnecessary things in your life? And what qualifies as “unnecessary” versus “unwanted” things? We all have one life in this world, and cloning is not yet a reality (bummer, right?), but if we were able to set a few moments aside each day to fuel the little kids in us, I think we can retain our sanity and peace by looking at the brighter side of this life.