“We should deal with our emotions like grown-ups; push them down deep inside ourselves and ignore them for the rest of our lives.” – Gumball, The Amazing World of Gumball
Perhaps I’m finding meanings that aren’t really there, but cartoons really hold some gems of inspiration!
What I love about the process of “growing up” is that it’s a process of becoming yourself; you find out who you are and who you want to be – then being that person! But one sad reality is… most people, as they grow up, forget what it was like being a child.
I find many grown-ups like to hide their emotions. This isn’t entirely their fault, it’s just the way society has taught them to behave. Don’t cry, you’ll look weak. Don’t get so excited, you’re not five anymore. Society says to us “don’t share your feelings or you’ll get judged.” Is it any wonder many of us don’t like to share our feelings?
At least children know that if they feel a strong emotion, then they should do something about it. I’m sad, I must cry to alert someone and get support! I think maybe adults should do the same (but maybe without bursting into tears out of nowhere… breaking society rules is one thing but society may not be quite ready for that yet :mrgreen: )
I sometimes think children are more real to themselves than most adults are. Maybe we ought to take a leaf out of their book :)