Stop being pessimistic. Recapture that sense of adventure.

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Do you remember your worldviews as a child? Those days when you were a free thinker you were born to be. Your parents knew through experience that during your quiet moments you were up to something.

You tried everything within your sphere of contact. You knew nothing about wrong or right. I mean you’d risk it all to locate and use what brought joy. You were curiously looking into and trying new stuff.

But now the unfortunate happened, you grew up. And when we grow up we are told, by the society, what is possible and what’s impossible; what is fair or unfair; what is right and wrong. In the midst of all these that person- the one who would take over the world somehow dies.

Let’s now think of something crazy, what if all of us lived up to the aspirations of those people we once were- the game-changers and the world conquerors. Those people who would do anything and would explore anyway? In other words, what if everybody lived up to their young age dreams.

During play times, a large array of new possibilities presented themselves. With friends, we tried almost all things, even if that meant running as far away as possible from parental interventions. We were driven by passion.

Somehow we knew that life wasn’t all we were getting. We knew that with enough determination things were bound to change and in most cases they did. We enjoyed our childhood ages- the world of unending possibilities.

What if I told you that, the only way you’re going to enjoy life is being that other person you once were? The one who wasn’t influenced by society and told about the do’s and don’ts. Many, who are honest, if asked about life readily say life sucks but there was a point in their life when life meant fun. When life wasn’t a bad joke.

Surprisingly, even when playing with those who were much older than us, we enjoyed the games. Think of their strength against ours or their experience against ours. But somehow we found ways of enjoying life and in some games we somehow managed to beat them.

Life has never changed since then. Only the level of the game has changed. Think of it this way, if you are an aspiring entrepreneur there are senior business tycoons that you may have to come up against. But if you think of profit in the world of business as that trophy we used to covet, in those days, how hard would it be to push through?

During sports, when we thought of the glory that came with winning, we were unstoppable even against much opposition. What if we viewed success in this world that way and never having to worry about the incidences of failure?

Changing your views will bring to life that creative, curious-thinker who saw more and wanted more from life. The good news is that, with enough willingness to unlearn something and learn and integrate new things into your thought system he or she can still be revived. Mind reformation is necessary in your journey to living a joyful and fulfilled life.


Teboho Polanka
Teboho is a Social Worker, Writer and Inspirational Speaker. He is in pursuit of MSc. in Managerial Psychology. Graduates are able to apply psychological principles and methods to tackle challenges in the work environment and provide effective practical solutions. Acting as industrial-organizational psychologists.