Childhood, a dream that we all have lived and a phase we all have gone through in our lives. It is a beautiful, flawless journey where innocence overcomes even the biggest of our mistakes. The power of a child is that what the power of tides and waves and the ocean. With his innocence he takes away everybody’s heart and makes it drown somewhere deep, makes it go somewhere where love is. Nobody on earth is such who has not gone through this moment in their lives. The journey from childhood to adolescence is indeed a very inspiring and provoking one. It teaches us so many truths and lies about life and finally leaves us thrown in the arms of the harsh world to test whether his teachings were worth or not. Childhood is not something which is from birth to a certain age and at a certain age. The child is grown and, puts away childish things. This is the best time when we are taught many lessons by life. “Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.”- Occasional Prose.
Our childhood is filled with sweet memories. It gives us memories of our family, friends, teachers, happiness, anger, accidents and incident, some which brings a tear into our eyes and some which fill us with joy. Every moment of our childhood is a bittersweet faint impression that our brain carries throughout our lives. “Memories of childhood were the dreams that stayed with you after you woke.” Childhood leaves a moist imprint on our souls and prepares us for the good and worst scenarios that we shall face.
As a child, everybody wants to grow up. When we are young we find childhood just a waste of time and want to grow young as soon as possible. As we keep on growing, we face many changes around our environment and also within our bodies.
There is a stage where we finally reach where dolls and cars don’t fantasize us. When watching cartoons all day long feels a time waste, when reading comics is replaced by heavy books and when instead of a teddy bear you need a partner to hug while sleeping.
That is when we realise that we have grown up and reached our adolescence. In a very famous poem “Frost at Midnight” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the transient and changing phase of his child from a baby to his adolescence is described. He tells us how he wants his child to be when he grows up. “Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee, whether the summer clothe the general earth/ With greenness, or the redbreast sit and sin.” He doesn’t want the world to be mean to him as it is to everyone and wishes the best for him. That he doesn’t want the sufferings and pains of this world to affect him.
This is a very good example of how the world changes as we grow up. How the surroundings and environment change and how the people around us change in time. Actually, nothing changes around us. It is just that are brain and mind-set change and make us aware of the happenings. We get to understand the people and the place around us and we get to judge them when we grow up.
“Grown- ups are complicated creatures, full of quirks and secrets.” Things become different as we grow up. We always dream of doing something, and many of us achieve our goals but there are many who aren’t able to achieve their aims and end up doing something other than what they thought they would be doing. This is what life is all about. It no more remains the fairy tale it used to be when we were young. We realise this as we grow up. Once we grow up and reach the age we always wanted to, we want to be young. We start missing our childhood and think of the things we used to do as a child. Just lying down and doing nothing, playing games rather than sweating for money, not working for food and other necessities, there used to be no work load or pressure of studies. Life was never this complicated as a child. It was as simple as just getting up, going to school, doing your homework, sleeping, playing and watching television. Our life was only constraint to these fields. And as we grow up we tend to realise that there is another world, a world so different and complicated that it will swallow you up if you don’t strive.
The world then becomes a race track, a competition, a war, in which one has to conquer the other. Our feelings change and so do our emotions. We become an altogether different individual. We either become a very emotional person, or maybe a strong and fearless personality. It depends on what we learn from our childhood and how we mould ourselves as we grow up and attain maturity. Our environment is a major factor that affects our lives in maybe a positive or negative manner and we become mature enough to choose our environment. What important is that we meet the right people and stay in a positive environment. With that we can enjoy our adolescence in the same manner in which we enjoyed our childhood. If we stay in the correct environment, there will be no or seldom will there be any pain and sorrow. The child in us never dies. We should just find opportunities to revoke it from time to time. “Grown up, and that is a terribly hard thing to do. It is much easier to skip it and go from one childhood to another.”