I and Wendy went for our weekly rollerblading thing yesterday. When we were chillaxing at Mac Donald’s, we spotted a baby girl trying to do some odd thing.
She was with her family who were sitting at a table not too far from where she was standing. Her parents were with another friend and all of them eyed on the kid. The lovely girl was trying to push a baby stroller up to the higher floor. Apparently, the stroller is 3 times of her size and the upper platform is half of her height so obviously, she was having difficulty with this mission. She was pretty noisy while doing so, insensible noise of course as she seemed to be about 1 plus. Small little pea with a great determination. She was just trying really hard to push the stroller up and getting the attention of everyone else around. None came and helped her.
Then she burst out crying while still holding on to the stroller. Still, no one came and offered help.
Finally, she managed to get the stroller up to the higher platform. YAY, #missioncompleted. We thought that was all of the show. Within one minute, she pushed the stroller down, back to the initial place. After all, she happily ran over to join her parents, laughing hysterically.
I and Wendy were like: why did she trouble herself with bringing it up, then pushing it down, just like that?
(Yea, we boring human beings need some reasons to why the toddler did what she did, even she herself probably had no idea why she did what she did).
Anyway, witnessing this dawned on me that:
(I’m gonna use ‘kids’ in plural form here to generalize as i think this applies to almost every kids)
- Kids don’t need a reason for what they want to do. Adults don’t need a reason to justify their actions. As long as it doesn’t appear to be harmful for the babies (and legal as well I guess?), the adults will just let them do what they wanna do.
- Kids don’t need adult’s approval to do what they want to do. They just do it.
- Kids don’t rely on anyone’s help to do what they want to do. In fact, I like to think that the concept of ‘help’ hasn’t even occurred to them yet. Therefore, that determination and all ways to push through.
- Kids don’t sit on achievement. As soon as they’ve accomplished something, they are immediately on another case.
- Kids don’t need a reason to laugh out loud or be happy. They just are.
All align to this.
And I just want to be a kid again!