Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.

Oh so very true!! In retaining the child in us we honour ourselves, retain the ability to live fully, to wonder, to learn, to be unselfconscious and to love without restraint. Like C.S.Lewis I read fairy tales, stories for children and return again and again to the loves of my childhood where there is comfort, certainty and reminders of struggles won, fears conquered, losses and griefs dealt with. Besides I like the illustrations!! You don’t get pictures in ‘adult’ books!

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

childCritics who treat ‘adult’ as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up…

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  1. I totally agree to have the ability to retain the inner child is a must as a creative for me the child is key to my creativity. But I have also found that as a TRA the need that many have to try and keep me boxed in as an adult-child so that what I do, say or feel can be ignored. In that sense yes experience is a brutal and bloody teacher but they are lessons that you never forget and hopefully you learn the best from them.

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