My DH and I were talking at dinner the other night about our lives as creative types and differences in the ways we perceive things. As is often the case, our discussion covered a wide range of possibles from the highly sensitive person to the mundanes who don’t understand us to the different modes of perception (he’s visual and I’m verbal). My DH said he thought that neither he nor I had ever lost the ability to be a child.

Children perceive the world differently from adults.   Whether you are a writer, an artist, a laborer or scientist, I think all adults should remember to be a child, at least once in a while.

“All children are artists.
The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
~ Pablo Picasso

Image of a child drawing on the sidewalk
Safe Places to Play by National Assembly For Wales / Cynulliad Cymru. The picture is licensed under the Creative Commons License. The original photograph is at http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0095009/photos/nationalassemblyforwales/5201569732/

“Children, like animals, use all their senses to discover the world.  Then artists come along and discover it the same way all over again.” – Eudora Welty

Toddle playing in sand on the beach
By Chris P. Licensed under the Creative Commons License. The original photograph is at http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0092009/photos/chr1sp/255982533

“What are the conditions of the creative attitude,of seeing and responding, of being aware and being sensitive to what one is aware of?  First of all it requires the capacity to be puzzled.
Children still have the capacity to be puzzled.”  — Erich Fromm

By Chut7moi. Creative Commons License. The original photograph is at http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0096009/photos/79094470@N00/3772037546/

“As children, we all live in a world of imagination, of fantasy, and for some of us that world of make-believe
continues into adulthood.”
~ Jim Henson

boy playing in box

By epSos.de. Licensed under the Creative Commons License. The original photograph is at http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0099009/photos/epsos/4886087851/

“He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.”  ~Albert Einstein

Photo of girl open mouthed in awe
By quinn.anya. The picture is licensed under the Creative Commons License. The original photo is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnanya/3704993920/

“Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music.” ~William Stafford

Kids at Delridge Daycamp

Photograph provided by Seattle Municipal Archives. The picture is licensed under the Creative Commons License. The original image is at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/seattlemunicipalarchives/2650237874/

“Nurture your minds with great thoughts.  To believe in the heroic makes heroes.”  ~ Benjamin Disraeli

Children don’t have to be told to believe in heroics or heroes.  They live their fantasies.

Photo of Bane and the Boy Wonder
Bane and the Boy Wonder by Digital_Rampage. The picture is licensed under the Creative Commons License. The original photo is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/digital_ramapge/6118703544/

“Like a forgotten fire,
a childhood can always flare up again within us.”
~ Gaston Bachelard

So play, imagine, be curious, see the world with awe through child-like eyes. Believe. Being a child, for just a little while, can change your world.


I’d love to hear from you. Please share. Do you take time to be a child? How does being a child help you as an adult?