Is there a place for childhood passion in adult society?

Childhood

Is there a place for childhood passion in adult society?

We’re back with another Writer’s Corner! This time Ellie takes the stage to talk about what it means to be an adult and how we could all do with some of the childhood wonder back in our lives…

A fond trope of childhood is the passion and intensity that accompanied almost anything we did at a younger age. It’s that magic called nostalgia. Everything was greeted with an unapologetic enthusiasm and lack of consequence that remains unmatched in older years. We often find ourselves joking about how “I’ll never love anything as much as I loved X, Y or Z when I was younger”; but is there a way we can inject some of this excitement and intensity into adult society?

Whether it was disproportionate levels of feeling back then, combined with innocence, or a numbing of feelings now as a result of lived experience, some of this all-encompassing joy could, and should, be recaptured now that we’re #adulting. Especially in the world’s current climate, a bit of enthusiasm and outright silliness wouldn’t go amiss.

Childish foolishness

You don’t just appreciate a band’s music, you plan a future where you’re in that band. You don’t think you want to be a doctor, you’re going to be a doctor, and everyone better know it. Friendships are more like family in formative years; your whole life revolves around them. Countless time is spent planning the wall colour of your future shared flats. Everything is so certain and there is no questioning of what you - at the time - consider to be a fact.

The strong sense of self that is held by children growing up is almost impressive. There were minimal worries about failure or anxieties about the potentially tough journey ahead. There is no need to leave room for error when the end goal is so certain. No need for a plan B when plan A was already enough.

Adults too soon

Almost 80% of parents blame the internet for forcing ‘facts of life’ conversations with their children to happen earlier. This suggests that a lack of innocence is partly responsible for a change in the way we enjoy things and the passion with which we treat our interests once grown up.

This sense of a younger generation growing up too fast and acting like adults ahead of their time is a real shame and loses an essence of childhood that was spent being unrealistic and unfathomably passionate about the slightest things.

Only 21.9% of respondents claim to be in their childhood ‘dream job’, suggesting a point at which being realistic takes over a tendency to aim high and dream big. The later comparison between 88.1% satisfaction in a dream job versus 69.9% in another position suggests that real-life interferes with a passion and drive that is indicative of younger ages.

Why lose our spark?

The question is, isn’t there a way for some of our childish ways, passions, and ambitions to be maintained into adult life? And are we able to make adult life more fulfilling and more entertaining for all of us?

Wouldn’t it be amazing to go to work each day with the same levels of excitement with which you used to plan your future as a pop star or footballer? If harnessed correctly, this passion could be an incredibly powerful tool, able to exponentially increase our drive and momentum. Rather than allowing society to put a premium on the process of maturing, we should approach our jobs, relationships, and interests in a similarly enthusiastic way as we did before the world of responsibility took over.

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Alia Coster