Childhood is such an awe inspiring time. It is underrated by those who have moved on. And often rushed disrupted and disturbed. In speaking to us about our childhood, my grandmother, Lula Mae, always said “Don’t rush it. You have the rest of your life to be an adult.” This truth is simple, but profound as once your mind is awakened to adult paradigms you can never go back. As much as you desire to you cannot un-know what you have been exposed to. This is not just adult themed or rated information, but also speaks to the limitations that are prevalent and governing in adult life.
Against popular beliefs in childhood, in adult life our knowledge of the world around us customarily confines us instead of stimulating us. Fundamentality we have more freedom; however, our decision making is peppered with restricting thoughts and bound by identified norms.
When I was a child rain was not a determining factor of whether or not we would go outside to play. In the summer rain was welcomed as it was our chance to be “wet and wild”! There were no planned trips to water parks and only rare excursions to the public swimming pool; but, when it rained we put on our swimming suits and ran and slid in the grass and jumped in puddles. There was no care of our hair or make-up being wet or messed up. We did not care if anything was out of place or how it appeared. We embraced the water falling out of the sky like a gift from God and received it with joy and enthusiasm! We took no thought of mud or bugs or rocks getting on our skin. If they did we allowed the rain to wash it all away.
When jumping into puddles we did not know to be concerned about external or internal issues that could be lurking in the puddle. Bacteria or pesticides were not words that troubled our minds. We had no insight regarding potential health hazards.
We had no idea that rain falling from the sky would mix with chemicals, oil or gas left on the road from vehicles or a ditch in our yard could make us sick. Our main objective was to have fun and that is exactly what happened. Risk were never a factor in our young minds.
A risk by definition is a situation involving exposure to danger. If you are alive in the world today you are confronted with risk. You could fall out of bed or trip over a house shoe. You could burn yourself with hot water taking a shower or fall down the stairs. You could spill you coffee and ruin your silk shirt or slice your finger open cutting an apple. All of these are potential hazards within your home. Leaving the home opens the chances significantly because others are automatically added to the equation.
The facts are that a risk is an incident that “might” transpire. The likelihood of it taking place can range from 0 percent to just below 100. This is why we cannot live our lives worried, afraid or stressed. Living a life concerned with risk is restraining, frustrating and problematic because you will not accomplish anything.
We must learn to throw off the chains and fetters of fear and break free from all boundaries! I dare you to run boldly to the rain, throw off your coat and let your hair down! Don’t be afraid! Let the water splash you! Worry about cleaning up later. Remember when you were carefree! Get there again! Take the risk and jump in the puddle!