Nov
15th

Muddy shoes

In my room I have a pair of old shoes from when I was a child, still muddy from the last time I wore them. I can’t remember what I was doing to get them so filthy but it’s nice to try to imagine; they offer a physical reminder of the child I once was, and most people would say, still am.

The reason I’m writing this is because I believe in the inspiration we can get from children, and also because one of my highlights from last week was seeing a kid walking out of McDonalds with his Happy Meal box over his head, completely covering his face. No reason why, I assume he just wanted to. And yes, I have checked, and McDonalds aren’t cutting back on toys during the recession.

I love the energy young people have for life and the way they approach the unknown inquisitively, tackling a challenge without the fear they may be wrong in their conclusion, allowing their imagination guide them to what they feel and believe to be a successful outcome. An interesting talk for TED from Ken Robinson is well worth a watch although a few years old now some of the points made by Ken are still as relevant today.

I’m not the first to say it, but we should take a lesson from our younger generation: aim to enjoy life and don’t fear being wrong. If we were always right all the time the world would be a very boring place. In the words of Pablo Picasso:”Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” And on that note, I’m off to get another pair of shoes muddy.

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