We wake up every morning.
We go to sleep every night.
Something very unimportant happens in between.
Some call it society. Work. School. Or something. I call it unnecessariness.
From the day we are born, we are expected to do something. After the first ”wow”-effect (or nausea, depends on the bystander) of a new mini-human bursting out of the birth canal, the tendency is to expect something from this new human being. Expecting it to shut up. Or learn to speak. Or at least stop shitting its own pants.
The first steps and words of their offspring are recorded by the parents. And then we go and brag about our bright new minihumans.
And I’m not saying this is a bad thing. It is very remarkable and a good thing that people learn early in their life not to shit themselves (I, for example, still have sometimes problems with this. Amazon 2010, never forget).
And I’m not saying that the miracle of life is instantly reduced to nothing by ”stupid parents”. Oh no, quite the opposite. Everyday I see children, playing and running. Happy with their lives. And even though I’m not a parent, I can understand how children can give so much to their parents.
If you look at a child, you see, that the main driving force in a child is joy. A child is a miracle of life, who still sees the world with new eyes. A child sees the world filled with possibilities. With beauty. For a child, the world is a wonderland filled with euphorical happiness.
But sometime around school time our society slowly starts to eat this world away. You get timetables. You get grades. Suddenly someone is better than the other. You didn’t do good enough. Do better. Do more. You need to be here at this time then and then. So you can get grades. So you can get to the next level. And so on. And it only gets worse from here.
Then you get to the university, and think ”whoo, well finally I’m in the right place!”. But no. In a university, you look around and realize, that nobody is here to actually learn. They are here to make more points. To get credits. To get money from the government. Or to get a job.
Where there are more levels to complete.
What happened to learning for learnings sake? What happened to that wonder, that made you climb that tree just to see what it was like?
Don’t lose that wonder. Find it inside you and use it in everything you can. Not for anybody else, not even for you. Just for its own sake.
Live like you would die tomorrow. Learn like you would live for an eternity. And remember what a wise man once said: life is the thing that happens when you are busy making other plans.
Be here and now.